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"I went through rehabilitation and I was amazed that I was able to walk and I was not short of breath. This device is a very slick device because it very easy to live with."


"It was a normal recovery after heart surgery, doing a little more each day, progressing my activity a little more each day...and resume my role as a mother."


"I have confidence in the equipment. It doesn't bother me at all...I keep busy all the time."


"When you stop and think of how your life has changed... that is well worth the little bit of inconvenience."


"I finally feel like I have more of my self back again...But the main thing is that I feel so much better now than before I had the implant."

Jonathan Haft, MD, Cardiac Surgeon University of Michigan

"Approval of the HeartMate II device as destination therapy is a significant advance..."

David Dyke, MD, Cardiologist University of Michigan

"Survival with an implanted left ventricular assist device, particularly a HeartMate II type device, is substantially better than medical therapy. We’ve known this for a long time."

Stephanie Moore, MD, Heart Failure Cardiologist

"This is a pioneering therapy for heart failure to get you all the way from Class IV to being basically unstoppable."

Leslie Miller, MD, Heart Failure Cardiologist

"When advanced heart failure patients lose response to OMM, there frequently are no other options and that's where the field of MCS is designed to be the alternative."

Jonathan Haft, MD, Cardiac Surgeon University of Michigan

"Patients with advanced heart failure have a progressively debilitating illness that not only dramatically decreases their life expectancy but also significantly affects the quality of their life and one thing we’ve seen with VAD therapy is that in appropriately selected patients..."

Rick Soucier, MD, Cardiologist

"Now the options are if a patient gets this therapy, it's possible that they'll get the quality of life that they haven't had in the last 10 years."

Mark Slaughter, MD, Cardiac Surgeon

"Most of our patients, somewhere around 8 weeks, have returned to a New York Heart Association Class I and they can perform any of their daily activities without any symptoms."


"You don't know how much you really love to live life until you are facing the possibility that it might not be there."


"If I were talking to somebody who was trying to make the decision whether or not to get a heart pump I would definitely say to go ahead and do it."

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*Please consult the Instructions for Use for indication for use, contraindications, warnings, and adverse events. Individual experiences, symptoms, situations, and circumstances may vary. Please consult your physician or qualified health provider regarding your condition and appropriate medical treatment.

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