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Choosing HeartMate II

Thousands of patients worldwide have reclaimed their lives with HeartMate II, the most widely used and extensively studied LVAD in the world. They chose HeartMate II because of its proven technology, outstanding clinical track record, and Thoratec Corporation’s 35-year commitment to saving the lives of people with advanced heart failure.

HeartMate II is the only device of its kind FDA approved for both Bridge to TransplantationX CLOSEBridge to Transplantation– Temporary support forpeople with heart failure who are waiting for a heart transplant. Bridge to Transplantation involves the use of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD). and Destination TherapyX CLOSEDestination Therapy– Permanent support for advanced-stage heart failure for patients who do not qualify for a heart transplant. Destination Therapy refers to the implantation of a ventricular assist device (VAD) for long-term use, rather than as a Bridge to Transplantation., sometimes called long-term support. Destination Therapy is an option for people who are ineligible for a heart transplant.

HeartMate II can help advanced heart failure patients live a longer, fuller life.

“With heart failure, it was not a matter of if I would get worse, it was a matter of when, and when it did, my doctors pointed me in the right direction to the HeartMate II.”

John HeartMate II recipient

Getting an LVAD comes with some risks. For potential complications and adverse events, click here.

For indications for use, contraindications, warnings, and adverse events view our HeartMate II safety information. Individual experiences, symptoms, situations, and circumstances may vary. Please consult your physician or qualified healthcare provider regarding your condition and appropriate medical treatment.


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