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February 2011 Issue
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University Hospital staff train on the HeartMate II device.
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Heart Failure Program Gears Up With Expanded Capabilities

Published February 2011

On Jan. 5, 2011, staff at UC Health University Hospital were trained on the HeartMate II device, the newest left ventricular assist device offering long-term support for patients ineligible for cardiac transplant.

The device will provide circulatory support for a broad range of advanced heart failure patients to improve survival and their quality of life.

"We have possessed the expertise to provide quality care to heart failure patients in the region for 25 years,” says Stephanie Dunlap, DO, director of heart failure program.

"With the recent acquirement of the HeartMate II and the addition of Louis B. Louis, IV, MD, cardiac surgeon, to our faculty, we are expanding our capabilities to provide more options. Now, patients with advanced heart failure will be able to have access to the full range of therapies for heart failure without having to travel outside of the region.”

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