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FDA approves first implantable artificial heart

In Health on September 6, 2006 at 2:46 am

By Val Brickates Kennedy, MarketWatch
Last Update: 3:23 PM ET Sep 5, 2006

BOSTON (MarketWatch) — The Food and Drug Administration has given the green light for the use of Abiomed’s artificial heart device, called AbioCor, in terminally ill cardiac patients, the agency said Tuesday.
According to the FDA, AbioCor is the first fully-implantable artificial heart for patients with advanced failure in both heart chambers. The device will be available only to patients who have about a month to live and are not eligible for a heart transplant.
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