Published in Cardiovascular Week, September 13th, 2004
Houghton is the first cardiac assist device patient ever to live so long - about 4 years and 2 months, so far - supported by a single assist device.
Near the end of a losing battle with cardiomyopathy in June 2000, Houghton, then 63 years old and ineligible for a heart transplant, volunteered to become the first lifetime-use patient in the European clinical trial of the Jarvik 2000.
Since the implantation of his mechanical heart more than 4 years ago,...
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