Artificial Lung Technology (ECMO) - also known as ECMO or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, pumps blood through an artificial lung device and back into the body of the patient. Artificial lung technology provides long-term management of heart or lung failure while the patient awaits a transplant or heals after surgery.
Total Artificial Heart (TAH) - is a mechanical device designed to replace the lower two chambers of the heart (ventricles) that pump blood to the lungs and then out to the body. Patients who have advanced heart failure of both ventricles or who are waiting for a heart transplant may be good candidates for a total artificial heart.
Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD) - or ventricular assist systems (VAS) is a surgically implanted pump that helps the weakened lower two chambers of the heart (ventricles) pump blood out to the body and lungs. VADs can be used as a bridge to therapy, sustaining patients until a heart can be located for transplant.
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