Electrostatic Discharge Causing Pump Shutdown in HeartMate 3

Emil Najjar, Ann Hallberg Kristensen, Tonje Thorvaldsen, Magnus Dalén, Ulrich P. Jorde, Lars H. Lund

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Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) improve symptoms and outcomes in advanced heart failure. Although device malfunction has decreased significantly with later generation LVADs, it has not been eliminated. We describe the clinical course of a patient with HeartMate 3 LVAD who experienced device malfunction, involving temporary pump shutdown suspected to be caused by electrostatic discharge. (Level of Difficulty: Advanced.)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)459-463
Number of pages5
JournalJACC: Case Reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2021


  • HeartMate 3
  • complications
  • device
  • device malfunction
  • heart failure
  • left ventricular assist device

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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