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Aurora St. Lukes cardiac team implants artificial heartTuesday, August 22, 2006A cardiac surgery team led by Alfred Tector, M. D., has performed the state's first implant of the only FDA approved temporary Total Artificial Heart at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee.
The patient, from the Madison area, is in stable condition today. He received his Cardio West temporary total artificial heart (TAH-t) implant earlier this month. He had been critically ill suffering from
According to Dr. Tector, "The TAH-t is a modern version of the
Aurora St. Luke's is one of just 5 hospitals in the U.S. and 13 worldwide certified to implant the TAH-t.
More than 300,000 Americans die every year from heart failure, many waiting for a heart transplant. "As one of the national leaders in heart care and transplantation we are very proud to have been among the first to introduce this new technology to our patients," said Tector.
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