Temporary Support Provided for Both Sides of Failed Heart


June 29, 2006

The AB5000 Circulatory Support System provides temporary support for one or both sides of the natural heart in circumstances where the heart has failed, giving the patient’s heart the opportunity to rest and potentially recover – and giving surgeons the therapeutic flexibility necessary to determine the best endpoint for treatment.

The sterile and disposable AB5000 Ventricle is a major component of the AB5000 Circulatory Support System.

Unlike other ventricular assist systems that can require multiple drivers for a single patient, patients on the AB5000 require only a single console, regardless of condition.

The system is designed to allow patients to leave their hospital rooms and walk within the hospital and on hospital grounds. Multiple studies have shown that patient ambulation, or walking, greatly assists the recovery process. The ease of use and transport capability of the AB5000 system makes it an important option for both regional and local cardiac centers. Patients can be put on the AB5000 or the BVS 5000 system at their local hospital and then be transported to more advanced cardiac centers if necessary.