Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Procedure
Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute
Why is the doctor performing this procedure?
Originally VADs were used as a temporary solution to help patients with ailing hearts until they were able to receive a heart transplant. It is sometimes referred to as “a bridge to transplant” since it can help a patient survive until a heart transplant can be performed.
What is the procedure?
A VAD is indicated for patients with a failing heart. It is placed in the body so that blood leaves the failing left ventricle and is pumped into the aorta, essentially taking over the function of the heart. It truly “assists” the heart to deliver blood to the body. The device is powered by either a power unit plugged into a wall outlet or a battery pack that can allow the patient to be mobile most of the day.
Types of VADs:
- A left ventricular assist device (LVAD) receives blood from the left ventricle and delivers it to the aorta -- the large artery that carries the blood from the heart to the rest of the body.
- A right ventricular assist device (RVAD) receives blood from the right ventricle and delivers it to the pulmonary artery – the artery that carries blood from the heart to the lungs.
- A bi-ventricular assist device (BiVAD) both an LVAD and RVAD.
- Catheter Deployed Support Device - Impella
Where is the procedure performed?
In the Operating Room (OR), under general anesthesia.
How long does this procedure take?
The VAD Procedure takes, 3-5 hours.
Which facilities perform this procedure?
Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento
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Steve was out of breath and tired...a lot. He knew his heart failure was like a ticking time bomb. "We knew it may happen eventually," said Steve, 50, who finally landed in the intensive care unit after collapsing at home. Gravely ill, and knowing it was the only option to save his life, Steve got on the list for a heart transplant.
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