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The Medtronic Miniature Left Ventricular Assist Device (MVAD) System 

The Medtronic Miniature Left Ventricular Assist Device (MVAD) System
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The Medtronic Miniature Left Ventricular Assist Device (MVAD) System
Author(s):

Nicholas Hiivala

and Thomas Vassiliades

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190909291.003.0014
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date: 24 May 2020

The Medtronic Miniature Left Ventricular Assist Device (MVAD)TM System is a continuous-flow, left ventricular assist device used to treat end-stage systolic heart failure. The pump is implanted either through a median sternotomy or a lateral thoracotomy and pumps blood from the left ventricle to the arterial system. The pump is controlled by an external microprocessor connected transcutaneously through a thin, flexible driveline and is powered by lithium-ion batteries or AC/DC power. In 2015, a clinical trial of the system in Europe and Australia was stopped because of several incidents of pump thrombosis.

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