Advanced Heart Failure Team Achieved 100 Cases of Artificial Heart Surgery
The Advanced Heart Failure Team from the Heart Vascular Stroke Institute achieved 100 cases of artificial heart surgery for the first time in Korea. The team has achieved more than 40% of artificial heart surgeries performed in Korea. Furthermore, the surgical success rate is 99%.
The artificial heart used in Korea is a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD), which refers to a mechanical device that pumps blood from the left ventricle of the heart to the rest of the body. It is used for the treatment of patients who have to wait a long time for a heart transplant or for those who are not viable candidates for heart transplant.
The Advanced Heart Failure Team from the Heart Vascular Stroke Institute has been leading this field in Korea since 2012, when it succeeded in the first continuous-flow left ventricle assist device. In 2016, the artificial heart clinic was the first to open in Korea and in 2019, it introduced a minimally invasive surgery in which two incisions are made above and below the heart instead of an open-heart surgery that involves incision at the sternum. Moreover, for the first time in Korea last year, ‘HeartMate 3’, the latest device used in the field of artificial heart, was successfully implanted through surgery.