The HeartWare HVAD has been used as a bridge to cardiac transplantation in the pediatric population. We describe outcomes following HeartWare HVAD implantation at a single center. A retrospective chart review was performed of all HeartWare HVAD implants performed at our institution between May 2013 and March 2015. Eight children between the ages of 9 and 17 years underwent HVAD implantation as a bridge to transplant (N=7 cardiomyopathy, N=1 complex single ventricle). There was one operative death in the complex single ventricle patient. Seven patients (87%) were successfully bridged to transplant. Median time of support was 24.5 days (range, 6–91 days). All transplanted patients are alive and well at a median follow-up of 448 days. Our results demonstrated that mechanical support with HeartWare HVAD is feasible in patients of varying sizes (from older children to adolescents).
Artif Organs. 2016 Jan;40(1):85-9.