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Getting the care you need starts with seeing one of our heart or vascular specialists.
If you have end-stage heart failure, your heart may need help pumping blood from the ventricles (the main pumping chambers of your heart) to the rest of your body.
We are an international leader in developing and perfecting ventricular assist devices (VAD), also known as mechanical circulatory support devices. Heart programs around the world consult the doctors in our Advanced Heart Failure Program for assistance and advice. We have been involved in virtually every important new VAD development since its inception.
VADs can be implanted in the left, right or both ventricles. The most common type is the left ventricular assist device (LVAD), and our surgeons were among the first in the world to perform this surgery. These devices can be used until your heart becomes strong enough to pump on its own, while waiting for a heart transplant or if you are not a good candidate for a heart transplant.
What to expect when you receive a VAD
You’ll be given general anesthesia so you’ll sleep during the procedure. A machine called a ventilator will help you breathe. You’ll also be connected to a heart-lung machine, which will circulate oxygenated blood through your body during surgery.
The surgeon will make an incision in your chest, separate your chest bone and open your rib cage. They will attach the VAD to the affected ventricle. A tube carries blood from the heart to a pump, which circulates the blood through the body. A cable connects the pump to a battery pack that you’ll wear outside the body.
Once the VAD is working properly, we’ll take you off the heart-lung machine and the VAD will take over pumping blood. The procedure takes four to six hours and you may need to stay on the ventilator for a few days until you can breathe on your own. Your care team will explain how to live with and care for your particular device after you go home.
Advanced heart failure is a form of heart failure that has progressed to the most serious stage.
Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is a rare genetic abnormality of the heart muscle.
Heart failure occurs when your heart doesn’t fill with enough blood or doesn’t pump enough blood throughout your body.
Peripartum cardiomyopathy is a rare form of heart failure that can develop during or up to six months after pregnancy.
An angiogram is a special X-ray taken as a special dye is injected through a thin, flexible tube called a catheter to detect blockages or aneurysms in blood vessels.
Chest X-rays use a small dose of radiation to create pictures of the structures inside the chest, including the lungs, heart and chest wall.
The cardiac computed tomography scan, or cardiac CT, uses X-rays to create three-dimensional images of your heart and blood vessels.
An echocardiogram uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of your heart.
An electrocardiogram, also known as an ECG, measures the heart’s electrical activity.
Magnetic resonance imaging, better known as cardiac MRI, is a combination of radio waves, magnets and computer technology to create images of your heart and blood vessels.
Stress tests are used to assess how your heart works during physical activity. There are several types of stress tests, including treadmill or bike stress tests, nuclear stress tests, stress echocardiograms and chemically induced stress tests.