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Mechanical Heart Program

What is a Ventricular Assist Device?

A Ventricular Assist Device (VAD, or LVAD) is a surgically-placed pump that supports the left side of the heart. Long-term VADs are powered externally by a driveline that exits the skin from the device in the abdomen. The driveline connects to an external controller with a power source.

These devices provide support for Bridge to Transplant or Destination Therapy.

Destination Therapy

Destination Therapy (DT) VADs are used to support patients who do not meet selection criteria for a heart transplant. Patients must meet criteria to qualify for a DT VAD.

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Bridge to Transplant

Bridge to Heart Transplant (BTT) VADs are used to support patients who meet the program's selection criteria for a heart transplant. Patients must be approved for a heart transplant at our center to qualify for a BTT VAD.

Supported Devices

Total Artificial Heart

A Total Artificial Heart (TAH) is a device intended to replace the left and right sides of the heart for patients experiencing failure of both sides of their heart. The total artificial heart is controlled by a driveline that exits the skin from the device in the abdomen.The driveline connects to an external controller with a power source.This device provides support for Bridge to Transplant.

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