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 - 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
If you are a patient and would like to self-refer yourself to our program, please submit our online form and our team will contact you within two business days.
Learn more about heart failure from our partners at the American Heart Association.