Children Mechanical Cardiac Assist Device Approved By FDA

Posted on December 16, 2011

According to news sources, the Food and Drug Administration has recently approved a medical device to help children suffering from heart failure that will reportedly to stay alive while a heart transplant donor can be found.

The device us called EXCOR Pediatric System and was developed by Berlin Heart for the purpose of fitting the different sizes of children, from newborns to teenagers.

The average waiting time for a donor heart in the U.S is about 119 days due to the limited amount of pediatric sized donor hearts available usually available. The percentage of children with heart diseases who lose their lives while waiting for a heart transplant is reportedly about 23 percent.

The EXCOR device is intended to relieve some of the symptoms associated with heart disease until a heart transplant can be found, thereby increasing the chances of survival. It reportedly functions by pumping blood through multiple tubes to the heart chambers.

As a personal injury lawyer Los Angeles, I am glad to see advances being made in the medical field that will help those suffering from debilitating injuries and illnesses. The conclusions of this innovative endeavor seem to suggest benefits to patients who suffer from heart disease. As a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, I hope that readers will find this information useful.

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