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Smaller Heart Pump Keeping Man Alive for Transplant

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Cardiac Services, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento | 0 comments

Ron Walters, 66, of Santa Maria, Calif., became the first patient in the greater Sacramento region to be implanted with a new, smaller mechanical heart pump that will keep him alive until he’s healthy enough for a heart transplant.

This new, smaller left ventricular assist device will keep his heart pumping and allow Mr. Walters to get stronger and healthier in order to move up on the heart transplant list. This new ventricular assist device – called the HeartWare® Ventricular Assist System – was recently approved by the FDA, and Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento was the first hospital in Northern California outside San Francisco to use it.

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento has the greater capital region’s only heart transplant center and is the only cardiac program that can utilize this new technology. With the HeartWare pump, Sutter surgeons will be able to keep more heart-failure patients alive for heart transplants, possibly including children and smaller adults who couldn’t be implanted with the larger left ventricular assist devices.

Robert Kincade, M.D., surgical director of the Heart Transplant Program, and John Chin, M.D., medical director of the Heart Transplant Program, said that, with this device implanted directly into the chest, Mr. Walters will be able to resume normal activities until a heart becomes available for him.

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Cardiac Services, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento | 0 comments