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Which is better, Heart Mate II or HVAD? 

I am in process of choosing a heart center for my father-in-law who may be a candidate for a VAD. Our choice of centers will be based from a combination of factors, including location, experience, reputation and also what types of VADs the center uses. Because of a variety of factors, including my father-in-laws frame size, I am ideally looking for a top tier center that implants both the HeartMate II pump as well as the HVAD pump. I know that you have experience implanting both the HVAD and the HM II but as there is no mention of HVAD on your site, it doesn't look like you continue to use it. Is this correct? And if that is true, I'm wondering if perhaps there is a reason I might want to eliminate the HVAD from my search criteria. Any clarification you can provide would be appreciated.   

submitted by Ted from Texas on 2/14/2011

Answer:

by Texas Heart Institute cardiovascular surgeon, William E. Cohn, MD  

William E. Cohn, MDHi Ted. The Texas Heart Institute has extensive and ongoing experience with both the HeartMate II and the HeartWare HVAD as well as a number of other investigational LVADs. Both devices work quite well in the majority of patients and it is still not clear which device is superior, or which patients benefit more from one or the other. We are looking very closely at that very issue, as are other heart centers around the world. You are wise to want your father-in-law to be treated at a center with extensive experience and one that can offer a variety of therapeutic options.  

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Updated February 2011
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