Thoratec CentriMag® Blood Pump is a newer extracorporeal circulatory support device providing hemodynamic stabilization in patients in need of cardiopulmonary support. This pump has no bearings but instead uses magnetic levitation. This approach diminishes both hemolysis (destruction of red blood cells) and the likelihood of mechanical pump failure. CentriMag® may be used as a short-term solution to support the circulation while longer-term options are considered. Our physicians are among the most experienced in the nation with this device.