A ventricular assist device (commonly referred to as an LVAD, or left ventricular assist device) is a mechanical heart pump. A VAD pumps for your heart when your heart is not able to pump enough blood for the body by itself.
An LVAD is a common treatment option for congestive heart failure.
LVAD (Left Ventricular Assist Device) and VAD Options at Valley
- Impella: The Impella device is placed through the groin in a minimally invasive procedure. This device is only 5 mm in diameter, but it can generate 2.5 liters/minute of blood flow (approximately 50 percent of normal heart output). Impella is also used pre-emptively in the catheter lab for high-risk stent procedures.
- Ventricles: Ventricles is capable of supporting either or both the right and left ventricle, with full flow capabilities, in excess of 5 liters/minute. Such mechanical support has been used to allow the patient’s own heart muscle to recover, or as a bridge to transplant when necessary.
Why Choose Valley for Ventricular Assist Devices?
- Cleveland Clinic partnership: Valley is the Cleveland Clinic’s only northeastern affiliated partner. That means you have access to additional expertise from the No. 1 heart program in the country — without leaving home.
- Individualized care plans: Our heart team uses a “shared-decision making” model. That means we work with you to find the best treatment option to address your situation. Whether your VAD is being used as a bridge to transplant or as destination therapy, we discuss all your options with you to make sure you understand the risks and benefits of each.
- Team approach to cardiogenic shock: In rare situations, the heart’s ability to pump suddenly cannot sustain normal body functions. This is known as cardiogenic shock. It can occur as a result of heart attack, viral infection, and rarely, after coronary artery bypass surgery. Valley Hospital’s “shock team” was created to handle these emergency situations. When medicines or other support strategies fail, we have a range of VADs that can take over some or all of the heart’s pumping capacity.
- Addressing heart failure comprehensively: For patients who need an LVAD because of congestive heart failure, Valley’s Heart Failure Program provides a comprehensive approach to treating the condition. Our low rates for readmission to the hospital for our patients is an indicator of the value of this comprehensive, team approach to care.