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Circulatory Assist Units, Cardiac

Definition : Circulatory assist units designed to facilitate cardiac blood pumping, either by reducing the load to the heart or by assisting the heart in its pumping function. There are several types of cardiac circulatory assist units, including external pumps and intracardiac balloons. Most circulatory cardiac assist units are used to maintain the body's heart function temporarily in patients who suffer cardiomyopathy or after open-heart surgery.

Entry Terms : "Cardiac Assist Units"

UMDC code : 10840

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