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is it time to consider a left ventricular assist device?

At its onset, heart failure is typically treated with changes in lifestyle and a combination of medications, which tend to be more effective when the disease is in its earlier stages. Advanced heart failure is a term used when the condition has progressed to a point where traditional therapies and symptom management are no longer working.1

Heart transplant is recognized as a viable treatment option for certain patients with advanced heart failure. However, there are a limited number of donor hearts available. An implanted heart pump, called a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), can help the heart pump oxygen-rich blood throughout the body and has shown sustained improvement in quality of life and functional status.2 Read more...

see how HEARTMATETM lvad therapy works with the heart

Watch how the HeartMate 3TM LVAD helps the heart pump oxygen-rich blood through the body.

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LVAD therapy has made for heart failure patients

Mayra – Living well with theHeartMate IITM LVAD since 2008

find a heartmateTM lvad advanced Heart Failure Center

HeartMate LVADs are available nationwide. To find a HeartMateTM LVAD center near you, click the button or call our information center, below.

Each of our heart failure patient stories reflects one person’s experience. Keep in mind that not everyone will experience the same results. Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of your treatment options. And please note that Abbott does not provide medical services or advice as part of this website. Click here for indication and risk information for the HeartMate IITM LVAD and the HeartMate 3TM LVAD.


1. American Heart Association. Living with heart failure and managing advanced HF. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartFailure/LivingWithHeartFailureAndAdvancedHF/Living-with-Heart-Failure-and-Managing-Advanced-HF_UCM_477835_Article.jsp. Accessed August 28, 2017. 2. Park S. J., Milano, C. A., Tatooles, A. J., Rogers, J. G., Adamson, R. M., Steidley, E., … Slaughter, M. S. for the HeartMate II Clinical Investigators. (2012). Outcomes in advanced heart failure patients with left ventricular assist devices for destination therapy. Circulation: Heart Failure, 5(2), 241-248. http://dx.doi.org/10.1161/CIRCHEARTFAILURE.111.963991.