Mechanical Devices as Small as Cell Phones Buy Quality Time for Patients with Advanced Heart Disease

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Total artificial hearts have advanced from relying on power sources the size of washing machines to ones that fit in a backpack, giving patients the opportunity to enjoy life at home participating in normal activities. Getting even smaller, advances in ventricular assist devices (VADs – heart pumps that support part of the heart muscle) are giving a growing number of patients new options for living well with advanced heart failure. Further, implantable monitoring devices also improve quality-of-life for advanced heart disease patient care.