Ventricular Assist Device (VAD )
For some patients whose hearts are not pumping blood sufficiently, even with lifestyle changes, medication or pacemaker use, Pilla Heart Center surgeons may implant a ventricular assist device, or VAD. This mechanical heart device takes blood from the left ventricle of the heart and pumps it through the body.
The Pilla Heart Center has received certification
for advanced Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)
from The Joint Commission.
The VAD, or ventricular assist device, improves blood flow and organ function, helping certain heart failure patients become stronger. This cardiac assist therapy can improve quality of life, a return to daily activities and decrease hospitalizations.
Types of ventricular assist devices:
- Ventricular assist devices (VADs) are used for patients whose heart beat has slowed dangerously. Small battery-powered implanted VAD units let patients waiting for a transplant leave the hospital.
- Intra-aortic balloon pumps temporarily maintain heart function. This implanted thin balloon generates pumping action by inflating and deflating the balloon at certain rates.
Patients receiving a VAD learn to manage the device once they are medically stable. The VAD enables a return to daily activities, with certain restrictions and cautions that must be followed. After VAD implantation, patients work with the treatment team to maintain their health and have regular follow-up appointments.
See LVAD patient information to learn more about the cardiac assist device system and what patients need to know to care for LVADs.
Read more about the Mechanical Cardiac Assist (VAD) Program.
For expertise on ventricular assist devices, contact the specialists at Abington’s Pilla Heart Center, including Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Comprehensive Heart Failure Program.