A Short Note On Advanced Heart Failure

4008 Words May 15th, 2015 17 Pages
HeartMate II LVAD
For Advanced Heart Failure
Adeline Rust - rust049@umn.edu
Anna Stonehouse - stone611@umn.edu
Kevin Caron - caron078@umn.edu
Kip Wetter - wette080@umn.edu
BMEN 3411 Biomaterials
Wei Shen
In today’s age of modern medicine and technology, there have been many advances in the treatment of heart disease. These treatment options have the ability to prolong the life of patients suffering from severe cardiac diseases, and in many cases, allow these patients to live a stable lifestyle for many years. Often, the end-stage events of cardiac disease result in advanced heart failure, in which case the best course of action is a heart transplant [1]. Due to the shortage of available donors for heart transplants, many patients have limited options when it comes to treatment for advanced heart failure. An alternative to a heart transplant is a Ventricular Assist Device. These devices can be used short-term as a bridge to transplant option, or for a long-term permanent implantation solution as a destination therapy. One such device, the HeartMate II Continuous Flow Left Ventricular Assist Device, provides an option for patients who are suffering from cardiac disease and advanced heart failure.
The HeartMate II is a continuous, axial-flow device, which is implanted in the body, connected between the apex of the left ventricle and the ascending aorta, bypassing the left ventricle of the heart. It consists of an internally-implanted pump, and an…
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