HeartMate

HeartMate®

Heart surgery A battery-operated left ventricular-assist system–LVAS implanted between the heart and aorta which pumps blood, a bridge for Pts awaiting heart transplant, allowing Pt outpatient mobility. See Heart transplant, Jarvik 7.
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HeartMate 3 is a centrifugal-flow chronic left ventricular assist system.
Thoratec, Pleasanton, CA, announced it sent out a warning about its HeartMate II left ventricular assist device after receiving reports of 4 deaths associated with switching out the heart pump's controller.
The major product of the company includes Thoratec Paracorporeal Ventricular Assist Device; Thoratec Implantable Ventricular Assist Device; HeartMate Left Ventricular Assist System; and HeartMate II Left Ventricular Assist System.
(23) In patients with continuous flow pumps, such as the Heartmate II LVAS it is recommended by the manufacturer (Thoratec) to maintain a pump flow greater than 3 liters per minute with the device set to alarm if the flow drops below 2.5 liters per minute.
The doctors placed two modified Heartmate 2 pumps inside his body.
The devices include the Berlin Heart (the only VAD for babies and younger children), the HeartMate II for adolescents and teens, plus the RotaFlow, Tandem Heart, Thoratec Paracoporeal VAD, the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart, and the HeartWare.
SNOWMASS, COLO.--The Food and Drug Administration's recent approval of Thoratec Corp.'s HeartMate II left ventricular assist device as destination therapy--that is, as an alternative to heart transplantation--is a landmark development heralding a long-awaited era of lifetime mechanical circulatory support in patients with terminal heart failure, experts said at a conference sponsored by the American College of Cardiology.
Baptist Health said last week that the HeartMate II left ventricular assist system had received FDA approval for Destination Therapy, which is a long-term treatment option for patients suffering from advanced stage heart failure who are not eligible for heart transplantation.
The LVAD used in this surgery is called Heartmate II.
From the University of Michigan comes the recently approved HeartMate II, a device that's implanted in the chest to help a failing heart pump blood and keep patients alive until they can receive a transplanted heart.
Thoratec's HeartMate II pump is approved in the U.S.
The large size of the original HeartMate XVE Left Ventricular Assist System (Thoratec Corp., Pleasanton, Calif.), which is currently approved as a bridge-to-transplant as well as a destination therapy, precluded its use in many women, Dr.