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The HeartMate II system

HeartMate II is an LVAD that assists the heart in pumping oxygen-rich blood throughout the body, so the organs and muscles can function properly. The HeartMate II system includes parts that exist inside and outside the body.

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HeartMate II LVAD System Diagram

“The equipment is a part of me, but it's not noticeable. It's not a burden, even with the little extra weight. You know it's what's keeping you alive. It's really NOT a big deal!”

Laura 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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