Vietnam’s first heart pump implanted patient released from hospital

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Hoang Quoc Bien, 39, the first patient in Vietnam to be implanted with a heart pump, was discharged from Hue Central Hospital on Friday after two months of treatment. Photo credit: VnExpress Hoang Quoc Bien, 39, the first patient in Vietnam to be implanted with a heart pump, was discharged from Hue Central Hospital on Friday after two months of treatment. Photo credit: VnExpress

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The first patient in Vietnam to be fitted with a heart pump inside his chest was discharged from hospital on Friday after two months of treatment, online website VnExpress reported.
Hoang Quoc Bien, 39, from the central province of Quang Binh is now in stable condition, according to doctors at Hue Central Hospital in Thua Thien-Hue Province.
However, he will have to undergo medical checkups every month in the first three months after being discharged. After that, he will have to undergo medical checkups every three months to make sure his heart operate normally, doctors said.
On June 6, Bien underwent a five-hour surgery performed by around 50 doctors from the hospital and St Vincent's Hospital in Australia, who implanted a HeartWare heart pump, a ventricular assist device, next to his heart.
Bien was in the 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.
The surgery brought hope to other patients who suffer from heart failure in Vietnam, according to Dr Bui Duc Phu, director of the Hue Central 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 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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