This device is commercially available for use in select international markets.
Living a Fuller, More Active Life
The HeartMate 3™ left ventricular assist device, or LVAD, assists your heart in pumping blood throughout your body and increasing the supply of oxygen to your organs.1 Designed with Full MagLev™ flow technology, the HeartMate 3 LVAD helps protect the blood as it flows through the pump. It is approved for use in patients for short-term or long-term support.
Because it is designed to restore blood flow throughout the body, an LVAD may help patients with heart failure:
- Breathe more easily and feel less fatigued
- Improve organ function
- Generally feel more energetic and able to resume normal activities that they were unable to do prior to receiving the device
My goal was to lead an active life again. Thanks to my doctors and HeartMate 3, I have met that goal. I’m able to do the things I love again, like hiking, riding my bike, and doing volunteer work.
—Astrid, 2014 HeartMate 3 LVAD recipient
Return to an active life
Many HeartMate 3 LVAD patients find that they can get back to doing the things they love, including:
- Playing golf
- Enjoying family time
Please note that you cannot swim, play water sports or engage in contact sports because some parts of the HeartMate 3 device are located outside of your body.
Complications and risks
It is important that you understand the risks of LVAD implantation. An LVAD should not be used in patients who cannot tolerate or are allergic to anticoagulation therapy. Side effects may include death, bleeding, cardiac arrhythmia, infection, respiratory failure, device malfunction, sepsis, right heart failure, renal failure, stroke, neurologic dysfunction, psychiatric episode, peripheral or device-related thromboembolic event, haemolysis, hepatic dysfunction and myocardial infarction.
Consult your doctor about all possible benefits and risks of an LVAD.
See important safety information.