Our physicians are highly skilled in all types of ventricular assist devices (VADs) to support patients with advanced heart failure.
Some VADs are used as a bridge to heart transplant - a way to keep very ill patients alive until a donor heart becomes available. Other devices are used as destination therapy, with no plans for transplantation.
Ventricular assist devices (VAD) were once viewed just as a bridge to transplantation.
But as VAD technology continues to improve, these devices increasingly are an attractive destination treatment for patients who are not eligible for a transplant. Even some patients on the transplant list find that a VAD improves their quality of life to the point that they don't want another surgery.
Our physicians help you choose the most appropriate option, providing care both before and after you receive a VAD.
Many patients continue to receive VADs as a bridge to transplantation, with the devices supporting the heart until a donor is found.
We are one of the first medical centers implanting the HeartMate II left ventricular assist device, which has been highly successful in supporting our patients' hearts. This device offers several benefits:
We are also the major tertiary center for advanced heart failure and end-stage heart disease in Southern California:
We offer a complete slate of ventricular assist devices to support adult and pediatric patients with a variety of care needs. These include:
As part of our robust program to offer this life-extending therapy to patients with end-stage heart disease, we also:
Learn more about living with VAD/artificial heart.