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December 16, 2008

Mtg: State of the Heart: Development of the Levacor Ventricular Assist Device

by @ 4:57 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt

WEDNESDAY February 18, 2009
SCV Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chapter
Speaker: Phillip Miller, World Heart, Inc
Time: Optional Dinner, NEW LOCATION: Nexus Cafeteria in the Clark Center, 6:15 pm (no host, no reservations); Presentation at 7:30 PM
Cost: none
Place: Clark Center auditorium, Stanford University
RSVP: not required

World Heart is a pioneer in the development of Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs) â?? implantable pumps that take over the workload of the diseased heart of patients in end-stage heart failure.? The Novacor® Left Ventricular Assist System was used in the worldâ??s first bridge to transplant with an implanted electromechanical device, at Stanford University Medical Center in 1984.? This first-generation VAD was subsequently implanted in over 1800 patients world-wide, for both bridge to transplant and destination therapy, with support durations of up to five years.? WorldHeart is currently developing the Levacorâ?¢ VAD, a fourth-generation centrifugal pump with a magnetically levitated rotor.? Using a unique combination of permanent and electromagnets, the levitation system requires just one active control axis. The bearingless maglev design eliminates any wearing mechanical elements, while facilitating optimization of the flow path through the pump. Development of this pump will be discussed, along with some of the history of the VAD field.

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