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Healthy Living: Healing Hearts Without Transplant

More than half a million people are living with advanced heart failure for those who can't manage it with medication, a heart transplant is their only option.

Now, doctors may have found an alternative for some patients.  

Tonight in Healthy Living, a heart pump designed to keep patients alive until transplant, could actually help heal the heart itself-no transplant needed.

Doctor Rame says the LVAD is used in most patients for between six and nine months to strengthen the heart and then patients are slowly weaned off the device until explant.   

Using the LVAD as a bridge to recovery is for the 50% of heart failure patients whose heart failure is not related to a heart attack or severe coronary artery disease.