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Ventricular Assist Devices

A ventricular assist device (VAD) is a blood pump for those with advanced heart failure that helps the heart send blood to the rest of the body. Surgery is required to implant the VAD, which can be placed inside or outside the body.

UofL Health - Jewish Hospital’s Advanced Heart Failure Therapies uses VADs as:

  • A bridge for patients while they wait for their heart transplant
  • Permanent support for those who are not candidates for a heart transplant
  • Temporary support to see if the heart will recover or heal itself before a transplant is considered

To find out more about VADs at UofL Health - Jewish Hospital, call the Advanced Heart Failure Therapies program at 502.587.4384 or 1.800.866.7539.