MUSC Heart & Vascular Center

Heart and Vascular Center

HeartMate II Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)

MUSC’s Heart & Vascular Center is the only South Carolina heart center to offer the Thoratec® HeartMate II Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) as a treatment option for advanced-stage and congestive heart failure patients.  As the state’s only heart transplant center and most advanced heart and vascular center, MUSC was selected to offer the revolutionary mechanical circulatory support therapy as a bridge-to-transplant treatment option following FDA approval of HeartMate II in 2008. This program is Joint Commission Accredited to offer therapy to patients who are not eligible for heart transplant, with the goal of prolonging and improving quality of life.

HeartMate II at a Glance

HeartMate II is FDA-approved for the purpose of providing mechanical support for advanced heart failure patients.
  • It is smaller than previously approved LVADs
  • Intended for a broad range of advanced-stage heart failure patients, including women
  • The device can pump up to 10 liters of blood per minute, covering the full output of a healthy heart
  • It is implanted alongside a patient’s native heart and takes over the pumping ability of the weakened heart’s left ventricle.
  • HeartMate II is easier to implant than previous devices, and with only one moving part
  • It is designed to provide exceptional reliability and improved quality of life for patients.
  • The device is designed to have a much longer functional life than the previous generation of LVADs and to operate more simply and quietly

Watch these videos to learn more about how HeartMate II is saving patient lives at MUSC:


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