Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs)
Lutheran Heart Center is the only hospital in northeastern Indiana to provide ventricular assist devices, or VADs, to critical heart failure patients who no longer respond to medication management.
A VAD is a surgically implanted, portable pump that partially or completely replaces the function of a failing heart. This mechanical device is connected to the heart with a specially designed tube. Some VADs are intended for short-term use and are typically for patients recovering from heart attacks or heart surgery. Others are intended for longer term use (months to years) and are typically for patients suffering from advanced heart failure or as a bridge therapy for patients awaiting heart transplant.
VADs also serve as a destination therapy for end-stage heart failure patients who are not transplant candidates. These patients are able to live at home without fatigue and shortness of breath.
History of Success with VAD Placement
With a rich history of expert cardiovascular care, Lutheran Heart Center has paired more than 150 patients with ventricular assist devices. Approximately 40% of our patients with VAD placement have received heart transplants.