Ventricular Assist Devices
A VAD is an electronic pump designed to take over some of the work of the heart, restoring blood flow and facilitating breathing. The 10-ounce, 3-inch device is surgically implanted below the diaphragm and attached to a ventricle and the aorta, the artery that carries oxygenated blood to the entire body. It is powered by two external batteries, carried in underarm holsters or waist packs. A VAD can be an effective bridge therapy for those waiting for heart transplants, or an alternative therapy for those who aren’t appropriate for transplant.
For more information or to begin the process of referral, refer to the (VAD) Ventricular Assist Device section.