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Continued: Heart surgeons see innovations with tiny new pumps

  • Article by: DAN BROWNING , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 10, 2013 - 6:28 AM

The sweet spot for transplants is between 50 and 70 years of age. Perhaps those over 70 should get a pump and go home and those under 40 should just get a pump to see if they’ll recover enough to have the device removed, Sun said. “We’re not promising because we don’t know enough,” he said.

But if the pump-removal rate can be bumped up even a few percentage points, he said, “that’s a big deal because we’re saving more people.”

 

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