When former Vice President Dick Cheney underwent an extensive heart procedure to install a left ventricular assist device, or LVAD, last week -- a system that now pumps his blood -- he was extending his life. But how long is an open question. According to a medical study of these heart pumps, 42 percent of patients with LVADs died within two years of having the apparatus implanted. Of the 58 percent that survived, 46 percent went without a stroke or a pump replacement over those two years.
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Cheney, 71, waited nearly two years for his new heart, the gift of an unknown donor. An aide to Cheney disclosed the surgery after it was over, and said the ex-vice president was recovering at a Virginia hospital. More than 3, Americans currently are on the national waiting list for a heart transplant. Just over 2, heart transplants were performed last year, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. And people died while waiting. According to UNOS, people over age 65 received a heart transplant last year. The majority of transplants occur in to year-olds.
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Photos: Replacing the human heart. Replacing the human heart — Scientists at the Texas Heart Institute are working to create a permanent replacement for the human heart. The blades on this BiVACOR device rotate an average of 2, times per minute, pushing blood throughout the body without creating a pulse. Hide Caption. Replacing the human heart — In the early s, Dr.