The HeartMate 3 LVAD (left ventricular assist device) is used for advanced heart failure patients needing short- or long-term mechanical circulatory support.
This mechanical circulatory support pump with Full MagLev™ Flow Technology has significantly advanced the field of LVAD therapy, setting the standard with innovation and outstanding clinical outcomes that make a meaningful difference in patients’ lives.
It includes Full MagLev Flow Technology in the pump which maintains gentle blood handling to minimize complications and hemocompatibility-related adverse events, such as stroke or pump thrombosis.
A left ventricular assist device works by pumping blood from your left ventricle to your aorta. Your aorta is the large artery that takes blood from your heart to the rest of your body.
A surgeon implants the left ventricular assist device’s pump unit at the bottom of your heart inside your chest. The device receives blood and sends it through a tube to your aorta.
If you have advanced heart failure, you may be a candidate for HeartMate 3™ LVAD therapy. A cardiologist can help determine if LVAD is the appropriate treatment for your condition.
The HeartMate 3™ LVAD is implanted by a trained cardiac surgeon in a hospital using standard surgical procedures and care. During the surgery, your surgeon will place the LVAD inside your chest and attach it to the left ventricle of the heart and to the aorta, a large blood vessel that carries blood from your heart to the rest of your body. Once the LVAD is in place, a tube — called a “driveline” — is passed through the skin of your abdomen and connected to the controller and a power supply.
After the surgery, you may have to stay in the hospital for 2 to 4 weeks for close monitoring and recovery. The length of the hospital stay is different for everyone. After you leave the hospital, there will be regular checkups with the LVAD care team. Make sure to talk to your doctor and care team to fully understand both the benefits and the risks of the LVAD procedure.
Many LVAD recipients find they have more energy than they did before because more oxygen-rich blood is moving through their bodies. You and your caregiver will learn about how to live with a HeartMate 3™ LVAD and manage the equipment by a specialized LVAD care team that will be with you every step of the way before, during and after the surgery.
Deborah’s LVAD program volume places it among the top growth centers in the Delaware Valley region.
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