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A 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.
Mechanical Circulatory Support means that we are using a machine to move the blood through the body to all the vital organ systems.
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.
To best prepare for a ventricular assist device we encourage the patient to try to get the best nutrition possible to help with healing. This is sometimes hard if the patient is in severe heart failure.
answer to this question depends on the VAD that is used. Some VADs are only
designed and FDA approved to be used in the hospital.
the device is placed and you have recovered from surgery, the biggest risks are
to the blood thinners that are required to keep the device functioning. After
discharge there is a risk of stroke and bleeding.
Visit our Contact Us page for consultation or patient VAD / ECMO transport questions.
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