Medtronic has stopped the distribution and sale of the HVAD™ System as of June 3, 2021 and has notified physicians to cease new implants of the HVAD System and transition to an alternative commercially available left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) for all future implants. Replacement of the HVAD System is not recommended at this time for patients who currently have the device because, in the vast majority of cases, the risks associated with additional surgery outweighs the benefit of a replacement device. If you have questions about this, please contact your healthcare provider.
Medtronic initiated this action in light of a growing body of observational clinical comparisons demonstrating a higher frequency of neurological adverse events, including stroke, and mortality with the HVAD™ System as compared to other commercially available LVAD.
In addition, Medtronic previously made an Urgent Medical Device Communication informing physicians that the HVAD pump may experience a delay to restart or a failure to restart after it is stopped. Pump restart failure can potentially worsen a patient’s heart condition, lead to a heart attack, require hospitalization, and result in death.
Considering these findings and the availability of alternative devices, Medtronic made the decision to stop the distribution and sale of the HVAD System, consistent with its commitment to prioritize patient safety.
Medtronic is doing everything possible to minimize any risks to your health. We previously provided the recommendations below to your VAD Clinical team, and we want to make sure you also have this information about our commitment to supporting you:
Medtronic remains committed to supporting patients living with the HVAD System, as well as the caregivers who participate in their care, by continuing to provide resources designed to aid and assist them. MEDTRONIC IS STILL WALKING BESIDE YOU.
The Medtronic HVAD System is a left ventricular assist device (LVAD). The HVAD System includes a mechanical heart pump used to increase the amount of blood that flows through the body. When one of the heart’s natural pumps (a ventricle) does not perform well, an LVAD is used to increase the amount of blood that flows through the body.
It’s important that you manage your HVAD System, which includes tracking HVAD Pump parameters, active alarms, and equipment status.
It is also essential that you work with your VAD team to understand how to monitor your vital signs, such as daily weight, blood pressure, INR levels (blood clotting), and driveline exit site status. Tracking blood pressure may reduce the risk of stroke, so it’s important that you follow your clinicians’ instructions on how to properly check your blood pressure. Your clinician will also help you understand what your blood pressure should be and what to do if your blood pressure is too high or too low.
Medtronic developed a daily diary for HVAD patients to help with tracking your vital signs. It’s important to follow your VAD team’s instructions on how to complete this diary, and when to report changes in your vital signs and pump parameters to your clinician.
Medtronic HVAD System Patient and Caregiver Training Video
Watch this educational video designed to help patients and caregivers understand what it’s like to live with the HVAD System.