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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 (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.
Supported device: HeartMate II LVAD
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.
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.
Supported device: Total Artificial Heart
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The Providence Mechanical Heart Destination Therapy Program in Spokane is certified by the Joint Commission and has received the Certificate of Distinction for Advanced Certification in Ventricular Assist Device.