Ventricular Assist Devices
If heart failure has weakened your heart, you may be a candidate for a ventricular assist device (VAD). This mechanical heart pump can support your heart and improve blood flow after heart attack or heart surgery, or while you’re waiting for a heart transplant. It can also be a long-term solution if you have heart failure and are not a candidate for a heart transplant.
A ventricular assist device (VAD) is a surgically implanted medical pump that takes over much of the work for the heart. A VAD may be used as a "bridge" to heart transplant, or as a primary treatment for advanced heart failure patients not eligible for heart transplantation, called destination therapy.
Our specialists can evaluate your condition and recommend the best approach for you. Plus, we continue to advance device technology through our clinical trials.
Yale New Haven Transplantation Center (YNHTC) provides comprehensive care to adult and pediatric patients throughout the world who are candidates for organ transplantation. YNHTC team members perform liver, kidney, pancreas and heart transplantation.
In addition, YNHTC provides vascular access for patients who require dialysis treatment.
LVAD as a Permanent Solution
Yale New Haven Hospital has received certification from the Joint Commission, the nation's predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care,to implant left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) into patients with end-stage heart failure as a permanent or destination therapy, not just as a temporary bridge to transplant.
Learn more about LVAD