A VAD is a heart pump that is surgically implanted inside the left ventricle of your heart to assist in pumping enough blood to the rest of your body. The heart pump can provide improvement in symptoms if you have heart failure that has not responded to medical management.
For some patients, despite taking all your medications and seeing your doctor regularly, a higher level of support is needed. A more permanent, long-term solution may need to be considered, including a VAD, heart transplant, or palliative care.
The St. Elizabeth VAD Program brings together a multidisciplinary team that supports patients who require a ventricular assist device to keep their heart pumping effectively. This team of heart failure cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, nurse coordinators, social workers, nutritionists, pharmacists, and palliative care specialists work together with each patient to provide comprehensive and individualized care.
If heart transplant is a treatment option, our VAD team works closely with other local heart transplant programs and will assist in coordinating that care with you.