Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)

The left ventricular assist device is one of the most common devices used in bridge-to-transplant and destination therapy. Most of these devices can provide several years of circulatory support for a broad range of advanced heart failure patients. Many are small in size and are quiet which makes them ideal for a wide range of patients. The most current generation of VADs can offer a range of features and benefits that include:

  • Implantation requires a less invasive surgical procedure
  • Relative ease of management; completely wearable system
  • Low-dose anticoagulation regimen
  • Improvement of hemodynamics prior to cardiac transplantation can help optimize long-term outcomes

WellSpan York Hospital received certification from The Joint Commission as a Ventricular Assist Device Destination Therapy program in November 2013.

Joint Commission Gold seal

Patient Interview

William recounts his experience in deciding to have the procedure and what it is like living with the device.

Physician Interview

Dr. Dave Kaczorowski explains the risks and benefits of VAD for patients.

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