What is the Heart Failure?
Many people believe that heart failure and a heart attack are one and the same, but that isn’t true. Heart failure, sometimes called a “weak heart,” develops over time and is defined simply as: A heart that is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s demands. As a result of continued inadequate blood flow, pressure within the blood vessels of the heart and lungs increases, eventually leading to congestive symptoms and shortness of breath. Heart failure is a serious, long-term (chronic) condition1. It's also progressive, meaning it continues and worsens2. Treatments can improve the signs and symptoms of heart failure and help you live longer.
HeartMate LVADs have been both the innovators and leaders of left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy for decades: Beginning with the very first FDA approved HeartMate LVAD in 1994, to the proven success of the HeartMate II LVAD in 2008, and now today, the next milestone – the HeartMate 3 LVAD.
HeartMate LVADs help hearts that aren’t pumping adequately to push the right amount of blood throughout the body. Many LVAD recipients find they have more energy than they did before because more oxygen-rich blood is moving through their bodies. Depending on their condition, LVAD recipients may be able to resume many of their daily life activities with the advice of their doctor.