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Development of totally implantable pulsatile biventricular assist device.

Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, Medical Research Center, Seoul National University, Korea.
Artificial Organs (Impact Factor: 1.96). 02/2003; 27(1):119-23. DOI: 10.1046/j.1525-1594.2003.07177.x
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ABSTRACT Approximately 10% to 15% of all patients implanted with left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have required right heart support with another device. The necessity of aggressive biventricular support has already been proposed. Therefore, the totally implantable biventricular assist device (BVAD) was developed. The width of the BVAD main body was 87 mm, the thickness 67 mm, and the height 106 mm, while the weight was 785 g. The automatic control algorithm was developed to prevent lung edema and atrial rupture.

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