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THERMO CARDIOSYSTEMS' HEART PUMP USED IN ITALY FOR FIRST TIME

 THERMO CARDIOSYSTEMS' HEART PUMP USED IN ITALY FOR FIRST TIME
 WOBURN, Mass., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The air-driven HeartMate(R) left ventricular-assist device manufactured by Thermo Cardiosystems Inc. (ASE:TCA) of Woburn, was used by surgeons in Italy for the first time, marking an important step in the company's European commercialization efforts.
 Surgeons at Second Medical School, University of Naples, implanted the pneumatic HeartMate pump in a 55-year-old male suffering from idiopathic cardiomyopathy, a degenerative heart condition. Dr. Alessandro Golino, one of the attending cardiac surgeons, commented, "The implant was carried out on Saturday, and I am very excited at how well the patient is doing."
 The portable HeartMate system is intended to support a patient's damaged heart until a donor heart becomes available. In Italy, as throughout the rest of Europe and the United States, the number of patients waiting for donor organs far exceeds the number of donor organs available at any given time.
 "This is a significant step for us," said Victor L. Poirier, president of Thermo Cardiosystems. "It marks an important milestone for our commercial efforts in Europe. With four clinical sites now committed in Europe and additional sites under negotiation, we expect to see increased activity with our HeartMate assist device overseas."
 Thermo Cardiosystems Inc. is a leader in the research and development of implantable ventricular-assist devices. These devices are designed to perform substantially all or part of the pumping function of the left ventricle of the natural heart in patients suffering from cardiovascular disease. Thermo Cardiosystems is a public subsidiary of Thermedics Inc. (AMEX: TMD) and Thermo Electron Corporation (NYSE: TMO).
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