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Hearing that you or your child is in end-stage heart failure is a very frightening time. The Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has many device options that may be used to mechanically support the heart and improve blood flow to the body. This mechanical support may be used with the goal of
transplant or used to support the patient for the rest of the patient's life.
Our Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) program is a nationally recognized leader in mechanical circulatory support (MCS).
To meet our VAD team members and some of our patients, please watch our VAD program overview video:
Our devices can serve a range of children of all ages and sizes with heart failure, including the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart.
ventricular assist device is… a small pump that sits inside or outside the body
and does the job of the heart when the heart is too sick to pump.
MCS and VADs can support a patient’s blood flow to their body until their heart recovers is replaced by a transplanted heart, or for the duration of the patient’s life (destination therapy).
Our VAD program offers a broad range of circulatory support devices, which enables us to support all children and young adults, regardless of size or cause of heart disease. Our approach to care is individual to each patient, making us unique in the field of mechanical circulatory support.
We offer a wide of VADs to support end-stage heart disease.
Some of the cardiac diseases we support with VADs include:
Our VAD Program uses devices to stabilize patients and support them while they wait for a donor heart (bridge-to-transplant). And we also support patients with VADs who are not transplant candidates (destination therapy).
Destination therapy can be an alternative to heart transplant for patients who are not candidates for transplantation or do not want to pursue transplantation.
Visit our Contact Us page consultation or patient VAD/ECMO transport questions
Ventricular Assist Device Program offers the following VADs:
Short term support devices
membrane oxygenation (ECMO)* RotaFlow
LVAD or RVAD* Centrimag/Pedimag
LVAD or RVAD * Aortic
Long term support devices:
* Berlin Heart
Total Artificial Heart (TAH) and the Freedom Driver HeartWare
During the most
recent fiscal year:
* 15 VADs
have been placed
survival to hospital discharge
hospital stay for destination therapy patients = 45 days
Our cardiology and heart surgery program are ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
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