Device exchange from Heartmate II to HeartWare HVAD

J Card Surg. 2019 Nov;34(11):1204-1207. doi: 10.1111/jocs.14229. Epub 2019 Sep 3.


Background: Despite technological advancements, pump durability and pump-related complications continue to affect and adversely impact the lives of patients with end-stage heart failure on left ventricular assist device (LVAD) support. In an attempt to avoid recurrent LVAD-related complications, there may be circumstances where it is clinically advantageous to exchange a patient's device from HeartMate II to HeartWare HVAD. However, there is a paucity of data that describes the safety and feasibility of such an approach.

Objective: We present the largest single-center series of HeartMate II (HMII) to HeartWare (HVAD) device exchanges.

Methods: A retrospective review of 11 patients who underwent HMII to HVAD exchange from 2012 to 2017 was conducted to evaluate patient characteristics, incidence of postoperative complications, and survival.

Results: Eleven male patients (mean age 55 ± 14.4 years) underwent HMII to HVAD device exchange. One patient expired on postoperative day 7 secondary to sepsis. One patient was lost-to-follow-up after 23 months. An additional three patients died at 5, 7, and 24 months. Mean follow-up after device exchange was 1555 ± 311 days for the remaining six patients. None of the 11 study patients underwent LVAD explant, further device exchange, or heart transplant.

Conclusion: Exchange of an HMII LVAD to an HVAD can be performed safely with acceptable perioperative morbidity and mortality.

Keywords: HeartMate II; HeartWare HVAD; LVAD; heart failure; mechanical circulatory support; ventricular assist device.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Heart-Assist Devices*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Retrospective Studies