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Ultra-compact LVAD, designed to provide enhanced clinical benefits
The HeartMate III includes a centrifugal blood pump that is implanted directly onto a patient's heart and is designed to take over 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 patient’s 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.