You may have heard that some people suffering from
advanced heart failure can be helped with a heart pump, also known
as a .
How do LVADs work?
An LVAD is a mechanical device that helps people when their heart is too weak to
pump blood. An LVAD doesn’t replace the heart. It assists the heart in pumping oxygen-rich
blood throughout the body so that the organs and muscles can function properly.
The LVAD system has parts that work inside
and outside the body. Inside, a heart pump is attached to the left side of the heart.
Outside, a controller, batteries, and driveline help to power and control the heart
“After failed attempts with multiple medications, I went into multiple organ
failure and needed HeartMate II to survive. I am now able to resume my
life as a wife, mother, and physical therapist.”
Laura HeartMate II recipient
How do LVADs help patients with advanced heart failure?
Since LVADs help move more oxygen-rich blood throughout the body, recipients often
have more energy than before and can resume activities they enjoy.
Sometimes, an LVAD, such as HeartMate II, can help the heart rest and
regain its ability to pump blood.
Who can use an LVAD?
All people with advanced heart failure should be considered for an LVAD. In fact,
American Heart Association guidelines state LVADs are the standard of care for advanced
heart failure. An evaluation will determine if the therapy is right for you.
Some patients use LVADs to help their heart pump blood while awaiting heart transplant
surgery. This is called a .
Other patients may not be eligible for heart transplant surgery but may still benefit
from an LVAD. These patients keep the LVAD for the long term. This is called .
What is HeartMate II?
HeartMate II is a small, implantable heart pump, called an LVAD, that
represents a breakthrough in medical technology and has rapidly become the most
widely used and studied LVAD in the world.
Getting an LVAD comes with some risks. For potential complications and adverse events,
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.