Cardiology and Heart Surgery

Noteworthy Progress in LVAD Therapy: The HeartMate 3

    Noteworthy Progress in Heartmate 3™

    On August 28, 2018, the FDA approved the HeartMate 3™ left ventricular assist device (LVAD) as a destination therapy for patients with advanced heart failure who are not eligible for transplant, as a life-long implant. The HeartMate 3™ LVAD was approved as bridge to transplant and as a bridge to myocardial recovery in a preceding year. FDA approval was supported by the landmark MOMENTUM 3 Trial — the largest randomized trial in the history of mechanical circulatory support — which included >1,000 patients. New York-Presbyterian/Columbia surgeons and cardiologists were at the forefront of this innovation: They were among the first to offer patients access to HeartMate 3™ nationwide, enrolled the largest number of patients (>6 percent of the entire enrollment), and commemorated entry of the 100th patient into the trial.

    The device is available to patients at both NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell.

    The HeartMate 3™, a fully magnetically levitated centrifugal continuous-flow pump, markedly reduced complications over its predecessors, including:

    • lowest published stroke rate (3-fold reduction ≥6 month post implant)
    • eliminated pump thrombosis, one of the major complications of device therapy

    Overall, LVAD therapy has now reached unprecedented success, as evidenced by:

    • survival of 83 percent at two years, which is now comparable to heart transplantation
    • increased exercise capacity — doubled six-minute walk distance (from 154 to 308 meters)
    • improved quality of life based on the patient responses to Kansas City Cardiomyopathy and European Quality of Life Questionnaires
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    Adult ECMO


    adult ecmo volume graph

    Source: NewYork-Presbyterian

    Type of Procedure

    adult ecmo pie chart

    Source: NewYork-Presbyterian