Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)

award sealUI Heart and Vascular Center has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its ventricular assist device destination therapy program by demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. It is the only nationally certified VAD program in Iowa.

Our team of advanced trained doctors and nurses is involved in each patient’s care. Social workers, dietitians, and other medical specialists are also available according to a patient’s condition and medical history.

Sometimes patients with advanced heart failure continue to get worse despite good medical care. A ventricular assist device (VAD) is a mechanical blood pump that takes over the function of one or both of the chambers of the heart.

Although primarily used as a treatment for critically ill patients who are waiting for a heart transplant, VADs also can extend and improve the lives of patients who are not heart-transplant candidates.

Patients who are being considered for VAD placement are evaluated to determine if they would benefit from the surgery and what type of after-surgery support is needed.

The evaluation includes education with a VAD nurse coordinator to help patients and their families understand what to expect after surgery.

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