Study: Thoratec's HeartMate II outperforms older cardiac pump

11/17/2009 | Wall Street Journal, The

Researchers found that Thoratec's HeartMate II, a left-ventricular assist device, was more effective than the company's older device in improving two-year survival and quality of life of severe heart-failure patients who are not fit to undergo a heart transplant or are awaiting a donor. The company is waiting for the FDA to approve the device as a long-term treatment.

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