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Thoratec Corporation has recalled its Implantable Ventricular Assist Devices (IVAD) catalog number 10012-2555-001, serial numbers 488 or higher. The recalled devices were manufactured and distributed from October 1,2 004 through October 22, 2007. These IVAD’s are used to help pump blood through the body of a person whose body is too weak to perform that function. The IVAD can be implanted or placed in an external position. If the IVAD is placed in the external position, it may develop air leaks. These air leaks could result in not enough blood flowing to and from the heart. For information visit the following website:

http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/recalls/recall-101907.html

For more information on this subject please refer to the section on Drugs, Medical Devices, and Implants.

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