(All fields required)
Please enter a valid email.
Please enter your name.
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.
Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) program is a nationally recognized leader in
mechanical circulatory support (MCS).
our VAD team members and some of our patients, please watch our VAD program overview video.
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.
a wide of VADs to support end-stage heart disease.
the cardiac diseases we support with VADs include:
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).
therapy can be an alternative to heart transplant for patients who are not
candidates for transplantation or do not want to pursue transplantation.
Ventricular Assist Device Program offers the following VADs:
Short term support devices
membrane oxygenation (ECMO)* Rotaflow
LVAD or RVAD* Centrimag/Pedimag
LVAD or RVAD* Impella * 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
Contact for Consultation or Patient VAD/ECMO
Office Number: (513) 803-1675
3333 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229-3026 | 1-513-636-4200 | 1-800-344-2462 | TTY:1-513-636-4900
New to Cincinnati Children’s or live outside of the Tristate area? 1-877-881-8479
© 1999-2014 Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center