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Thoratec Surpasses 10,000 HeartMate II® Implants Worldwide

HeartMate II may be used to support patients either while they wait for a donor heart to become available or as a permanent, long-term therapy. For patients eligible for a heart transplant, usage of HeartMate II is known as "Bridge-to-Transplantation" (BTT).  Utilization of the device with the intent of permanent, long-term support is known as "Destination Therapy" (DT).  In either situation, without the option of an LVAD, AHF patients have poor prospects for survival and significantly limited lifestyles.[3],[4] 

HeartMate II Facts:

  • HeartMate II is the most widely used and extensively studied LVAD available today.
  • More than 200 peer-reviewed publications have featured studies regarding the HeartMate II – far exceeding published data on all other LVADs combined.
  • HeartMate II is the only available device FDA-approved for both Bridge-to-Transplantation (BTT) and Destination Therapy (DT), or long-term support. 
  • HeartMate II measures approximately three inches in length and weighs approximately 10 ounces.  It has one moving part, a continuously spinning rotor that helps circulate blood.
  • To date, HeartMate II has been implanted at over 290 medical centers across more than 35 countries in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and Africa.  
  • The HeartMate II has demonstrated excellent and consistent outcomes in very sick patient populations. [4],[5]

For more information on advanced stage heart failure therapy or to locate a physician, visit To read patient stories, visit

About HeartMate II

The HeartMate II is intended for a broad range of advanced heart failure patients and is the only continuous-flow left ventricular assist device (LVAD) approved by the FDA for both Bridge to Transplantation and Destination Therapy. The device is designed to provide long-term cardiac support, pumping up to 10 liters of blood per minute for full support of the circulation, or to supplement the native function of the patient's left ventricle.  The HeartMate II is placed just below the diaphragm and is connected to the left ventricle, returning blood flow to the aorta, the main artery that carries oxygenated blood to the entire body.  An external, wearable system that includes a small controller and two batteries is attached by an external driveline.  HeartMate II is smaller and easier to implant than prior FDA-approved devices, and with only one moving part, it is designed to provide exceptional reliability and improved patient quality of life.

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