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Meet Ms. Joe Ann Bivins, The World's Longest-Supported Recipient Of A Single Heart Assist Device
Date:3/19/2013

PLEASANTON, Calif. and ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Thoratec Corporation (Nasdaq: THOR), a world leader in device-based mechanical circulatory support (MCS) therapies to save, support and restore failing hearts, and the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center, a leader in cardiac care, today announced a major milestone in the treatment of heart failure.  Joe Ann Bivins , 68, of Detroit, Michigan, has been supported for the longest reported period of time on a single heart assist device.  The device, the HeartMate II Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD), supplements her heart's pumping function and allows her to live her life virtually free from the symptoms of heart failure. 

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Joe Ann was implanted in July 2005 at the University of Michigan, early in the HeartMate II pivotal clinical trial.  Now at nearly eight years of support, Joe Ann exemplifies the life-improving benefits of LVAD therapy for heart failure.

According to the American Heart Association, there are approximately 5.8 million individuals living with chronic heart failure in the United States, many of whom may face a similar decision to the one made by Joe Ann almost eight years ago.  Joe Ann's heart had become too weak to adequately pump blood, leaving her tired and weak.  Francis D. Pagani , M.D., Ph.D., Surgical Director of the Adult Heart Transplant Program and Director of the Center for Circulatory Support, told '/>"/>

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