TandemHeart® Percutaneous Ventricular Assist Device

TandemHeart  The TandemHeart® Percutaneous Ventricular Assist Device is placed outside the body with cannula (tubing) inserted through the skin into the femoral vein in the upper leg and advanced into the left atrium. When the blood flows through the pump instead of the left ventricle, the ventricle does less work to move the blood to the aorta. Since the left side of the heart is most compromised most often, the TandemHeart pump can support the heart's task of pumping blood through the body. The device may provide short-term support. The TandemHeart Pump is manufactured by Cardiac Assist, Inc.