At Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute, we try to provide more options. By offering ventricular assist devices (VAD), we help people stay mobile or wait with reduced risk until a heart becomes available for heart transplant.
What Is a Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)?
A ventricular assist device (VAD) is a mechanical pump. When one of the heart’s natural pumps (a ventricle) does not perform well, we use a VAD to increase the amount of blood that flows through the body. Having a VAD implant allows most people with advanced heart failure to return to a fuller life.
A VAD may be a treatment in itself, called destination therapy. It may also be a bridge to a transplant, to help maintain your health while you wait for a heart. At Memorial, we use it both ways.
During a VAD procedure, a cardiac surgeon will implant the VAD in your chest and connect it to an external controller (small computer that monitors the pump) which attaches to a power source (batteries or battery pack) outside your body (batteries or battery pack outside your body. Once you recover from the surgery, you can go home. We monitor VAD patients very closely.
Why Choose Memorial for VAD Treatment?
Every day, our heart failure team works with patients who are exhausted and frustrated. We try to bring hope, offering:
Our VAD team works together to make sure you have the support you need, both in the hospital and once you return home. We want our VAD patients to be able to live independently and enjoy life. The team includes:
- Dedicated VAD coordinator (available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 954-232-5094)
- Advanced practice heart failure nurses
- Cardiologists with advanced training in heart failure
- Cardiac surgeons
- Cardiac anesthesiologists
- Pharmacists, nutritionist and social workers
Our growing transplant program means that we are able to treat the most severe cases of heart failure. We were the first hospital in Broward County to offer heart transplant, and our outcomes are comparable with the top heart programs in the country.
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