Mechanical Circulatory Support – Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD)

joint-commission-national-quality-sealDr. Peter Van Trigt, III, successfully implanted the 1st ventricular assist device (HeartMateII) at Cone Health in May, 2013 – the 1st in the state at a non-transplant facility.

In January, 2014, Cone Health received Advanced Certification in Ventricular Assist Device by The Joint Commission.

What is VAD therapy?

Ventricular Assist Device therapy is a mechanical heart pump that does the work of pumping blood for a failing heart, and is indicated in patients with advanced (NYHA Class III or IV) heart failure who become refractory to optimal medical therapy. VADs are implanted in patients as a bridge to heart transplant or as a lifelong destination therapy and offer patients improved quality of life and estimated survival.

Mechanical Circulatory Support – Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD)