Berlin Heart:

EXCOR® Pediatric is a paracorporeal, pulsatile ventricular assist device, or VAD for short. Paracorporeal means that the actual blood pumps are located outside of the body and are connected to the heart and blood vessels via cannulas. Patients gain valuable time while waiting for a transplant and some have even experienced recovery of their own heart function. The EXCOR® system has been specially developed for children, infants and even babies and satisfies a large range of anatomical, clinical and practical requirements of VAD therapy with an extensive portfolio of blood pumps and cannulae. The EXCOR® Pediatric VAD has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and has been used successfully for short, medium and long-term cardiac support in over 2,000 young patients to date.