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The HeartMate II community

HeartMate II recipients form a special community. HeartMate II has been implanted in more than 20,000 people worldwide and is still helping over 7,600 people.* Most are happy, healthy people living normal, active lives. Explore their stories in this section and get to know some of them.


“The most successful patients are those who want to know everything, have a can-do attitude and want to meet HeartMate II recipients. I'm one of the many recipients who is excited to share my experience and answer as many questions as I can!”

Kristi HeartMate II recipient and patient advocate

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.

Data as of January 2015.


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