His heart gaining strength, can he lose the implant?

Star Tribune photo

Star Tribune photo

[Star Tribune, Sept. 30, 2014] Blake Brunner is one of the first patients to be evaluated for an “explant” at the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. A final decision might come this week. And two other patients are lined up behind him.

“Pretty much any heart should show some signs of recovery” when given the opportunity to rest, said Dr. Benjamin Sun, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Abbott. “In retrospect, it probably shouldn’t surprise us.”

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