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There have been conflicting reports of the longest ECMO run overall in pediatrics, but at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, a pediatric burn patient spent 551 days in between ECMO and using a ventricular assist device, possibly setting a record.
The device, called an LVAD or left ventricular assist device, is often recommended to patients who have reached a stage of advanced heart failure where their hearts can no longer pump enough blood to meet their body's demand.
The recipient of this milestone heart was Tyler Wertz, a 23-year-old who was on a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) for the past 5 years.
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medical Definition of ventricular assist device
- Researchers found that pumps known as ventricular assist devices, which are implanted without removing the patient's heart, were superior to drug therapy among the sickest patients.
- —Lawrence K. Altman, The New York Times, 20 Nov. 2001
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