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Tug Of War In The LVAD Market

Executive Summary

With the rivalry between Thoratec and HeartWare intensifying in the LVAD space, all eyes are now on recent strategic acquisitions by both companies, as well as ongoing clinical studies and next-generation devices in the pipeline.

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