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According to recently published news accounts, Thoratec Corp. has recalled certain batches of its mechanical heart pumps. The recall was triggered by five deaths of patients, who died while using these heart pumps. This device, called the HeartMate II Pump, had been approved in April 2008 as a temporary treatment for patients awaiting heart transplants. This report states that catalog numbers 1355 and 102139 are applicable to the devices involved in the recall. It is recommended that patients contact their doctors to assess the condition of the wire that connects the heart device to the power pack.

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