What is a Berlin Heart pump?

The Berlin heart is a type of “Ventricular Assist Device” or” VAD”. It is a simple air driven pump which takes over the work of one or both sides of the child’s own heart. Your child may need a single pump to support the left side of the heart whilst the right side continues to work naturally.

How long can you stay on a Berlin Heart?

Children waiting for a heart transplant can be supported on this device for many months until a donor heart is found. In some cases, where it is felt the heart may recover, the VAD can be used for as long as it is needed.

Is a Berlin Heart an LVAD?

The Berlin Heart EXCOR is the first Pediatric Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) to be awarded approval from the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011.

How much does a Berlin Heart cost?

The Berlin Heart costs more than $100,000, including procedures and hospitalization. Treatment with the heart-lung machine costs the same. The Berlin Heart was been approved in Europe since 1992. It has been implanted in roughly 1,000 children worldwide.

Can you go home with a Berlin heart?

The device improves their circulation and keeps them alive until they receive a heart transplant. In some rare instances, patients recover enough to come off the device and maintain blood flow on their own.

What is a tandem heart?

The Tandem Heart® Percutaneous Ventricular Assist Device (pVAD)™ system (Cardiac Assist, Inc.; Pittsburgh, Pa) uses a transseptal cannula that allows direct unloading of the left heart at blood flow rates sufficient to sustain patients.

Is Tandem heart ECMO?

Our experience suggests that the TandemHeart catheter system can offer innovative and superior options for ECMO delivery to different populations of patients who experience cardiopulmonary failure.

What is a Protek duo?

The Protek Duo (TPD) is a temporary RVAD placed via the right internal jugular vein, capable of providing up to 4.5 L of flow. We report a two-center experience using the TPD in 17 patients with right ventricular (RV) failure, 12 of whom were post-left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation.

How long does a donor heart last?

How long you live after a heart transplant depends on many factors, including age, general health, and response to the transplant. Recent figures show that 75% of heart transplant patients live at least five years after surgery.

Who is Berlin Heart and what do they do?

Berlin Heart GmbH develops, produces and markets innovative systems for mechanical circulatory support. With our products EXCOR ® Adult and EXCOR ® Pediatric, we cover the entire scope of medical indications. We are the only company in the world offering systems that can support patients of every age and size, from newborns all the way to adults.

Who is the parent company of Berlin Heart?

Four years later, in 2000, Berlin Heart AG was founded after merging with its predecessor company, Mediport Kardiotechnik GmbH. The U.S. subsidiary, Berlin Heart Inc., was established in Texas in 2005.

Who is the director of Berlin Heart Inc?

Christine joined Berlin Heart Inc. in 2009 and currently serves as the Director of Clinical Science.

Who is the foundation of Berlin Heart AG?

Foundation of Berlin Heart AG through a merger with the predecessor company, Mediport Kardiotechnik GmbH. The mobile driving system Excor mobile receives CE approval. Development work begins on INCOR ®.