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Our Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) program offers a diverse range of circulatory support devices, enabling us to support all children and young adults, regardless of size or cause of heart disease.
The Ventricular Assist Device Program offers the following VADs:
Short-term support devices:
Long-term support devices:
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) – a machine that takes the place of the heart and lungs. This is a short term therapy for heart and lung failure. More information.
Rotaflow - a pump that assists the heart but not the lungs and allows the heart o rest while it recovers or supports the patient until they are transitioned to another device. It can be used for multiple days. More information.
Aortic Balloon Pump – a device that is placed in the main artery of the body of an older child or an adult. As the balloon blows up it moves blood into the coronary arteries. When the balloon is down it helps blood get to the other organs of the body. More information.
Centrimag / Pedimag – a pump that assists the heart and allows it to rest while it recovers or the patient is transitioned to another device. It can be used for multiple weeks. More information.
Berlin Heart EXCOR – a pump that sits outside of the body that assists the heart get blood flow to all vital organs while the child waits for a transplant. The patient cannot be discharged on this device at the current time. More information.
Heartmate II – an internally housed continuous flow pump that can support an older child or adult until they receive a transplant. This device can also be used to support a patient for the duration of their lifetime (destination therapy). The drive line (the cable that exits the body to provide power and information to the device) exits the abdomen and attaches to a small computer and power source. The goal of this device is to support the patient’s circulation and to get them home. More information.
SynCardia Total Artificial Heart (TAH) and the Freedom Driver – an internally housed pump that replaces the whole heart so that the older child or adult can be bridged to transplant. Patients can go home on this device by transitioning to the Freedom Driver if they qualify for the FDA study. More information.
HeartWare - an internally housed continuous flow pump that can support a child or adult until they receive a heart transplant. This device is unique because it is our smallest continuous flow device. The driveline (the cable that exits the body to provide power and information to the device) exits through the abdomen. The driveline then attaches to a small computer and power source. These patients can be discharged to home while they wait for heart transplant. More information.
Visit our Contact Us page consultation or patient VAD/ECMO transport questions
Samantha Schaller was a healthy, thriving 8-year-old girl until she came down with a virus that attacked her heart. Doctors diagnosed her with myocarditis, a condition that made the muscular walls of her heart inflamed. David Morales, MD, chief of cardiothoracic surgery in the Heart Institute, implanted a Rotaflow VAD to give Samantha’s heart “a vacation" and beat for her while her heart healed. Once the infection passed, the VAD was removed so her heart could function again on its own.
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