Over the years, we have been asked to supply components for LVADs (left ventricular assist devices). An LVAD is a pump-like device that is surgically implanted to maintain the pumping ability of a heart that can no longer function on its own. A common type of LVAD has a tube that pulls blood from the left ventricle into a pump. The pump then sends blood into the aorta (the large blood vessel leaving the left ventricle). This effectively helps the weakened ventricle by lessening the amount of blood that the left ventricle is responsible for pumping.
We are also involved in providing components for aortic punches. These devices are used to implant replacement heart valves in the heart as well as arterial bypass grafts in order to repair damaged arteries.
Both of these devices can be found in most heart transplant centers and hospital cardiac units.