News | December 17, 2006

Chicago Heart Centers Add TandemHeart to Toolbox

Two Illinois medical centers are now ready to use the TandemHeart PTVA System from CardiacAssist: Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and Sherman Hospital in Elgin have joined the more than 75 hospitals nationally and more than 90 centers worldwide using the TandemHeart System for extracorporeal circulatory support. The TandemHeart System is used in 17 of the top 20 heart and heart surgery hospitals in the U.S. and 11 of the nation's top 14 hospitals overall.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital is one of 173 hospitals in the United States recognized for implementing quality cardiac care, while Sherman Health Hospital ranks third in volume in Chicagoland for heart procedures.

The TandemHeart System provides circulatory support through a cardiac catheterization procedure in as little as 30 minutes and can provide up to five liters per minute (lpm) of blood flow. The device is fully reimbursed by Medicare under existing DRG codes and can be placed rapidly in the cath lab or OR, providing reliable, temporary extracorporeal circulatory support.

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