What is the newest LVAD?

The HeartMate 3™ LVAD is the next-generation left ventricular assist device for advanced congestive heart failure. The device supplements the pumping action of a weakened heart.

What does an LVAD controller do?

Controller. regulates power, monitors VAD performance & displays alarms, displays battery life & function.

What happens if you simultaneously disconnect both power sources from a HeartMate?

At least one System Controller power lead must be connected to a power source (PM or batteries) at ALL times. Disconnecting both power leads at the same time will cause the pump to stop.

How long can you live with a HeartMate 3?

The primary end point was survival at 5 years. Secondary end points included adverse events, health status and quality of life. Results: Eight patients (men: 75%) aged 59 years (min-max: 52-66 years) were enrolled. At 5 years, survival was 100%.

What is a VAD controller?

Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) A ventricular assist device (VAD) — also known as a mechanical circulatory support device — is a device that helps pump blood from the lower chambers of your heart (ventricles) to the rest of your body.

How long does the HeartMate 3 last?

With the approval, physicians can now offer the HeartMate 3 system to patients not eligible for a transplant who will live with their device for the rest of their lives.

What happens if LVAD battery dies?

If the controller is disconnected from both batteries at the same time, the LVAD will lose power and stop working, so the batteries must be replaced one at a time.

How long do HeartMate batteries last?

The HeartMate 3™ LVAD uses 14 V lithium-ion batteries that provide up to 17 hours of support. The batteries drain simultaneously and require 4 hours to charge. Five lights on each battery indicate the amount of power remaining in the battery.

How much does the HeartMate 3 cost?

Hospitals pay a range of prices around $80,000 for a HeartWare device, while the HeartMate 3 runs closer to $95,000, according to research by med-tech market analyst Fernando Amador of Decision Resources Group (DRG), which has North American headquarters in Massachusetts.

How does the LVAD controller work?

The LVAD and the controller are connected by a small cable (driveline) that passes through the skin on your upper abdomen. The controller runs the pump and also provides text messages and audible alarms to help you manage the operation of the system. The controller is powered by two batteries or one battery and electricity from a wall or car outlet

What do we want you to know about LVAD?

We want a normal life. We made sure each piece of LVAD gear we created allowed the wearer to look as normal as possible, while still maintaining safety and comfort. Everyone has a different lifestyle, there is no one solution that is perfect for everyone. Thus, we have an assortment of items to fit different lifestyles and activities.

How do I locate the closest LVAD support center to me?

Download the MyLVAD Hospital Locator app to your mobile device to be able to locate the closest support center to you at any time.

What are the different parts of an LVAD system?

While there are a few different types of LVADs available, all of which are portable, each system generally has four main parts: HEART PUMP—connected to the left side of the heart; moves blood from the heart to the rest of the body. BATTERIES—provide power when the system is not plugged into an outlet.