Vietnam's first heart pump implanted patient recovering well: doctors

By Bui Ngoc Long, Thanh Nien News

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The first patient in Vietnam to be fitted with a heart pump inside his chest is reported to be in good condition.
Two days after his surgery, which lasted five hours in Hue Central Hospital last Friday, Hoang Quoc B. was able to sit up in bed and drink some milk.
B., 39, can now breath without a ventilator, doctors said.
After the surgery, the cardiac output (the volume of blood being pumped by the heart) of B. increased from 2 liter/min to 4 liter/min, they said.
He was in final stage of dilated cardiomyopathy, in which the heart becomes weakened and enlarged and cannot pump blood effectively, leading to heart failure.
He was previously put in the list of patients in critical need of heart transplant, but it was unable for him to find a heart donor.
During the surgery last week, Vietnamese doctors, assisted by experts from St Vincent's Hospital in Australia, implanted a HeartWare heart pump, a ventricular assist device, next to the heart.
The surgery brought hope to other patients who suffer from heart failure in Vietnam, according to Dr Bui Duc Phu, director of the hospital.
It is part of a state-level research program licensed by the Ministry of Health and conducted and the Ministry of Science and Technology.
In 2011, doctors of the Hue Central Hospital also successfully performed the first heart transplant in Vietnam, with the heart taken from a brain-dead person.
The patient is now completely normal.

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