Advances in Heart Assist Devices

<p>Jack G. Copeland, will discuss how patients' lives are being prolonged with heart assist devices.</p>

TOPIC: Advances in Heart Assist Devices

Jack G. Copeland, MD, and a patient will discuss advances in the use of heart assist devices, and the technological developments that have enabled the devices to be used at home.


PLACE: University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. News media should meet in the UMC main lobby prior to the conference.


April 3, 2002
From: Pila Martinez, (520) 626-4083 April 3, 2002

Jack G. Copeland, MD, chief of cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Arizona, and a co-director of the UA Sarver Heart Center, will discuss how patients’ lives are being prolonged and improved with heart assist devices. A patient on the Novacor assist device also is scheduled to participate in the news conference.

William Lewis, 71, has been on the device for six months. For unknown reasons, his heart muscle began deteriorating about 3½ years ago, debilitating him to the point that he couldn’t walk to the mailbox. Today he says he has a "new life."

While many heart assist devices require patients to stay in the hospital, Mr. Lewis has a portable model that allows him to live at home and do most of the activities he did before his heart problems.

The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, a center of excellence at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC), is comprised of more than 100 physicians and scientists working together toward "a future free of heart disease, vascular disease and stroke." The Center conducts more than 90 percent of cardiovascular research in Arizona and is home to the CardioWest artificial heart. To learn more, please visit the Center’s web site: .