About HeartMate II®
A Proven Treatment Option for People with Advanced Heart Failure
The HeartMate II is one of the most advanced devices to treat advanced heart failure available today. The first device of its kind to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for advanced heart failure, the HeartMate II has already provided over 13,000 people with new hope and improved health, allowing them to reclaim their lives.
The HeartMate II is a heart pump called an LVAD (short for Left Ventricular Assist Device). An LVAD is designed to help the left side of your heart pump the blood your body needs. It does not replace your heart. In most cases with a HeartMate II* LVAD, advanced heart failure patients can experience a dramatic improvement in their heart failure symptoms. With oxygen-rich blood flowing throughout the body, most people say they feel better and have more energy. Most HeartMate II patients also experience an improved quality of life. They can once again enjoy their favorite activities, such as travel, golf, visiting family members, dancing and playing an instrument.
Measuring approximately 3 inches in length and weighing approximately 10 ounces, the HeartMate II is smaller and quieter than other FDA-approved LVADs. The HeartMate II is small enough to fit people of many sizes and ages, and it is designed to work for a number of years.
Talk to your doctor and find out if the HeartMate II may be the right therapy for you.
*For a listing of complications and adverse events click here
Complications of VAD Surgery & Adverse events
Complications of VAD surgery are similar to the potential complications of any open-heart surgery procedure. You will be asked to sign a surgical consent form prior to the operation, as well as a consent form for blood transfusions. Your surgeon will discuss potential risks and benefits with you prior to the procedure.
Possible serious adverse events include the following:
- Bleeding, perioperative or late
- Cardiac arrhythmia
- Local infection
- Respiratory failure
- Device malfunction
- Right heart failure
- Driveline or pocket infection
- Renal failure
- Neurologic dysfunction
- Psychiatric episode
- Thromboembolic event, peripheral
- Hepatic dysfunction
- Device thrombosis
- Myocardial infarction
Click here for the HeartMate II Instructions for Use about indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions. Individual experiences, symptoms, situations, and circumstances may vary. For additional resources click here. Please consult your physician or qualified health provider regarding your condition and appropriate medical treatment.
Have you been diagnosed with heart failure? Take this self assessment to see if you're appropriate for early- or advanced-stage heart failure treatment.