Small device could replace need for heart transplant

Dr. Samer S. Najjar shows how LVADS have continued to get smaller over the years. He predicts, as technology improves, more heart failure patients will use them as a \'destination therapy.\' (Photo Courtesy MedStar Washington Hospital Center)

WASHINGTON — “One of my favorite midnight calls, it was actually at 2 in the morning. I got a call on my Blackberry and there was a physician on the other line who was panicking.”

Samer S. Najjar, director of Heart Failure of MedStar Heart Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, recounts a memorable situation from several years ago.

“He says,


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