Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD)

This channel includes news and new technology innovations for ventricular assist devices (VAD). VADs are a type of mechanical hemodynamic support device that helps increase blood flow in people who have ventricles that are not work properly due to heart failure, cardiogenic shock, cardiomyopathy or myocardial infarction. Most often these devices support the left ventricle, so they are often referred to as left ventricular assist devices (LVAD). VADS come in two types, surgically implanted, usually as a bridge to heart transplant, and percutanenous catheter-based pumps used for temporary hemodynamic support. Examples of temporary percutaneous pumps include the Impella and TandemHeart devices.

 

Freedom Driver, SynCardia, recall, Total Artificial Heart, TAH-t, part failure

Freedom Driver attached to Total Artificial Heart. Image courtesy of SynCardia.

News | Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD) | September 18, 2015
September 18, 2015 — SynCardia Systems initiated a Class I recall of the Freedom Driver Systems used with the company’s...
Thoratec, HeartMate II LVAS, Urgent Device Correction Letter, Pocket System Controller, backup battery
News | Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD) | September 16, 2015
September 16, 2015 — Thoratec Corp. issued a voluntary Urgent Medical Device Correction Letter to all hospitals who...
HeartWare, ENDURANCE2 trial, destination therapy, HVAS, HeartWare Ventricular Assist System
News | Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD) | August 11, 2015
August 11, 2015 — HeartWare International Inc. announced that enrollment in the ENDURANCE2 destination therapy clinical...
Mayo Clinic, LVAD, study, heart failure, restrictive cardiomyopathy, RCM

Thoratec HeartMate II image courtesy of Thoratec

News | Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD) | August 07, 2015
August 7, 2015 — Mayo Clinic is announcing results of a study on the effectiveness of left ventricular assist devices (...
FDA, warning, LVADs, left ventricular assist devices, Thoratec, HeartMate II, HeartWare, HVAD
News | Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD) | August 06, 2015
August 6, 2015 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting healthcare providers, patients and caregivers...
HeartWare, ventricular assist device, HeartWare VAD, recall, update
News | Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD) | August 05, 2015
August 5, 2015 — HeartWare expanded the Class I recall of its ventricular assist device in mid-June due to concerns...
LVADs, heart failure patients, echocardiography, ASE, recommendations, guideline
News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 04, 2015
August 4, 2015 — Over the past several years, advanced heart failure patients who have not responded to medical therapy...
HeartMate PHP, Thoratec, St. Jude medical

The HeartMate PHP (percutaneous heart pump) is the latest acute hemodynamic support technology released by Thoratec, which recently received CE mark in Europe. The PHP is currently in U.S.clinical trials.

Feature | Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD) | July 22, 2015
July 22, 2015 — St. Jude Medical and Thoratec announced that the boards of directors of both companies have unanimously...
Thoratec, HeartMate PHP. CE Mark approval, SHIELD I
Feature | Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD) | July 15, 2015
July 15, 2015 - Thoratec announced that the HeartMate PHP (Percutaneous Heart Pump) received CE Mark approval,...
Abiomed, U.S. headquarters expansion, Impella 2.5, RP, jobs
News | Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD) | July 09, 2015
July 9, 2015 - During an event with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker in June, Abiomed announced a major expansion of...
ECRI Institute, review, Impella RP, Abiomed
News | Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD) | June 11, 2015
June 11, 2015 - ECRI Institute recently reviewed published data on Abiomed's Impella RP (Right Percutaneous)...
UH Case Medical Center, Impella RP, first in Ohio, Abiomed, Mobile Learning Lab
News | Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD) | June 09, 2015
June 9, 2015 - University Hospitals Case Medical Center physicians in the Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute...
Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak, Impella RP, right-side heart failure, Abiomed
News | June 04, 2015
June 4, 2015 - Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak is one of the first centers in the United States to use a new minimally...
Thoratec, HeartMate II, ROADMAP
News | May 04, 2015
May 4, 2015 — Thoratec Corp. announced results from the ROADMAP Study (Risk Assessment and Comparative Effectiveness of...
Protek Duo, VV ECLS, CE mark, CardiacAssist, veno-venous cannula

Image courtesy of CardiacAssist Inc.

News | April 27, 2015
April 27, 2015 — CardiacAssist Inc. announced that it received a Class 3 CE-mark for its Protek Duo veno-venous cannula...