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Meet Ms. Joe Ann Bivins, The World's Longest-Supported Recipient Of A Single Heart Assist Device
Date:3/19/2013

name">Joe Ann is living proof that this therapy can turn lives around."

HeartMate II is a heart pump called an LVAD, which helps the left side of the heart to circulate blood to the rest of the body.  It is implanted alongside the heart and supplements the heart's pumping function.  The HeartMate II system also includes accessories that are worn outside the body, including a controller and batteries that last more than ten hours, allowing patients to be active. 

HeartMate II is the most widely used and extensively studied LVAD in the world.  Featuring innovative design elements, including proprietary textured surfaces, blood immersed ruby bearings and open flow paths, HeartMate II has proven to be a highly durable device capable of long-term circulatory support.[1]  In clinical testing, over 80 percent of HeartMate II recipients became virtually free of heart failure symptoms shortly after implant and sustained those improvements for the full two-year follow-up period.[2]  Moreover, controlled clinical trials as well as large-scale commercial experience have demonstrated significant improvement in patients' functional capacity, with 94 percent of HeartMate II recipients able to perform the 6-minute walk test after six months of support. [3,4]  Overall, many patients report returning to active living, with meaningful improvements in their quality of life.  To date, over 13,000 patients have been implanted with HeartMate II, including approximately 6,000 currently on support.  HeartMate II is the only continuous-flow LVAD approved by the FDA for both Bridge-to-Transplantation and Destination Therapy, or permanent support.

Thoratec Corporation and the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center encourage heart failure sufferers and their loved ones to learn more about the choices for treatment and become involved in the treatment plan.  The first step is to speak with a doctor and find ou
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