The HeartMate 3 System offers physicians in India the most advanced ventricular assist technology available for patients with advanced stage heart failure
St. Jude Medical, a global medical device company, today announced the launch of the HeartMate 3 Left Ventricular Assist System (LVAS) in India. This is a cardiac support option for advanced heart failure patients who are awaiting transplantation and who are not in myocardial recovery.
“Heart failure remains one of the most costly epidemic diseases in the world, and the HeartMate 3 system is critical to supporting physicians managing the care of patients battling such a complex and challenging condition”, said Kaustav Banerjee, Senior Regional Director of South and Southeast Asia, St. Jude Medical.
St. Jude Medical expects a limited market release across India to begin immediately, with additional market releases taking place throughout 2016.
“The HeartMate 3 system allows me to offer my advanced heart failure patients an option for their complex heart condition and we look forward to making this system broadly available throughout India,” said Dr. Kewal Krishan, Program in-charge – heart transplant and ventricular assist devices senior consultant, Max Super Specialty Hospital, Saket, Delhi.
About the HeartMate 3 Left Ventricular Assist System
The HeartMate 3 LVAS includes a centrifugal blood pump that is implanted directly onto a patient’s native heart and designed to supplement the pumping ability of the weakened heart’s left ventricle, which is responsible for pumping oxygen-rich blood from the lungs throughout the body. The device is implanted above the diaphragm, immediately next to the native heart, and is attached to the aorta (the main artery that feeds blood into the entire body), leaving natural circulation in place while providing all of the energy necessary to propel blood throughout the body. The patient wears an external, wearable controller and battery system that powers the pump. The HeartMate 3 LVAS can pump up to 10 liters of blood per minute.
Unlike artificial hearts, LVADs don’t replace the heart. Instead, the small implantable devices supplement the pumping function of the heart in patients whose hearts are too weak to pump blood adequately on their own. LVADs can benefit patients either awaiting transplant, known as bridge to transplant therapy, or can be used as a “destination therapy” for heart failure patients who need years of cardiac support but who are not candidates for transplantation.