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). Learn more about VADs and MCS on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

By the Numbers

Between December 2010 to December 2015: 

  • 42 VADs have been placed

In our most recent calendar year of 2015:

  •  100 percent survival to discharge

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.

Supported Conditions

We offer devices tailored to each patient for a full spectrum of conditions including:

  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Myocarditis
  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
  • Chemotherapy induced dysfunction
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Restrictive cardiomyopathy
  • Left Ventricular Non-Compaction Cardiomyopathy
  • Chronic and acute transplant rejection
  • Congenital heart disease

Devices Available

Short-term support devices

  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
  • RotaFlow LVAD or RVAD
  • Centrimag/Pedimag LVAD or RVAD
  • Aortic Balloon Pump

Long-term support devices

  • Berlin Heart EXCOR
  • Heartmate II
  • 50cc and 70cc SynCardia Total Artificial Heart (TAH) and the Freedom Driver
  •  HeartWare