Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)
Mechanical Circulatory Support/Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)
Short-Term Ventricular Assist Devices:
A VAD can help support your heart for a short time while you’re waiting for heart surgery. Your doctor may recommend a short-term VAD if you have a severe heart condition that can’t be treated with medicine, such as heart failure, ventricular arrhythmia, or cardiogenic shock.
A VAD can support your heart and blood circulation for a short time before, during, and/or after surgery, until your heart recovers. A VAD also can help if you have heart failure and your doctors need more time to decide on a course of treatment.
Long-Term Ventricular Assist Devices:
If you have heart failure and are waiting for a heart transplant, your doctor may recommend a VAD. If heart failure medicines aren’t working, a VAD can keep you alive and improve your quality of life while you wait for a donor heart to become available.
If you’re not eligible for a heart transplant, a VAD can be a very good long-term treatment solution. It can improve your quality of life and allow you to do many routine activities.
Left ventricular assist device (LVAD)
Hackensack Meridian Health offers advanced treatment options including left ventricular assist device or LVAD. An LVAD is a surgically implanted option for patients with advanced heart failure who are who are not responding to conventional therapies. It is a mechanical pump that assists the heart in pumping blood to the rest of the body. The LVAD is ideal for patients who are not candidates for heart transplant or for those who are awaiting a transplant.