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How to get HeartMate II

To get HeartMate II for yourself or a loved one, you must take control and act quickly.

  • Use the Find a HeartMate II Center box at the top of this page to contact a medical specialist in your area
  • Schedule an appointment for a HeartMate II evaluation
  • Know that if a doctor determines that HeartMate II is an appropriate treatment, your current physician will be consulted
  • Getting an evaluation will not disrupt any course of treatment that your current physician has prescribed

“Just try to keep up with me now-
my options are limitless and my outlook
is beyond positive.
I feel like the world is mine for the taking!”

ALETA HeartMate II recipient

What to expect at your evaluation

At a HeartMate II Center, doctors and other healthcare professionals, dedicated to providing advanced treatments for heart failure, will meet with you and/or your loved one to discuss therapy. The medical team will assess the degree of heart failure and other health factors to determine if HeartMate II is an appropriate therapy.

The first office visit may take several hours, so be prepared for a little time away from home. This will probably be the first of many visits. Bringing a book or other things to do can help pass the time. It may also be a good idea to bring a friend or family member to take notes and provide support. It is important that loved ones learn about treatment options, too.

The doctor may recommend HeartMate II as a 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). or for 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.. Destination Therapy is an option for people who do not qualify for a heart transplant.

HeartMate II is the only LVADX CLOSELeft ventricular assist device (LVAD) –A device implanted into the chest to helpthe heart pump blood. FDA approved for both Bridge to Transplantation and Destination Therapy.

Use the following information on this site to help prepare for your evaluation:
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