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Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Program

 

Please call (718) 283-5243 to speak with an LVAD Coordinator.

 

A Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) is a battery-operated, mechanical pump-type device that is surgically implanted in patients with end-stage Heart Failure. It helps maintain the pumping action of the left ventricle when it can no longer function effectively on its own.

For many years referred to as a “bridge to transplant,” the LVAD is a temporary but life-saving solution for those patients who are candidates for heart transplantation but face an imminent risk of death until they receive their new heart. LVAD implantation is also an alternative for patients who suffer from severe, non-reversible Heart Failure but are not eligible for heart transplantation. For these patients, the LVAD serves as a permanent treatment for Heart Failure, and they will live with it for the rest of their lives.

As Brooklyn's Heart Failure surgery experts, we will help you choose the best possible treatment options and the achieve the best quality of life possible.