'Heartmate' left ventricular-asist device, 1993.
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Manufactured by Thermo Cardiosystems Inc, United States. This is an implantable device used to asist failing hearts in patients waiting for heart transplants. Succesful tisue transplantations on the heart and kidneys have take place since the 1960s. The tisues for transplants are obtained from living donors or cadavers.