First and Only LVAD Program in Brooklyn
The Left Ventricular Assist Device Program at Maimonides Medical Center, the only such program serving Brooklyn and Staten Island, is committed to treating patients with advanced heart failure. Recently accredited by the Joint Commission, this advanced certification recognizes the dedication of the Maimonides LVAD team to provide outstanding patient-centered care for people with advanced heart failure, while aligning with the Joint Commissionâ€™s high performance standards for safe, high quality treatment.
Physicians at Maimonides offer state-of-the-art treatment for heart failure patients, including aquapheresis and implantable left ventricular assist devices (LVADs). Founded in early 2012, the Maimonides LVAD Program is led by a team of cardiac surgeons, cardiologists and ventriclar assist device coordinators, who work together to offer the latest advances in heart failure management.
The HeartMate II LVAD is designed to function as a long-term treatment for heart failure, and patients supported with this device have lived for many years after implantation. Patients with an LVAD can live at home and can carry out most, if not all, of their normal activities.
As part of our Comprehensive Heart Failure Program, the LVAD Program is committed to working with referring cardiologists and internists to optimize care for our patients. The Program evaluates patients weekly, in a combined multispecialty clinic. During these clinics, cardiologists and cardiac surgeons see and evaluate patients together, arranging diagnostic testing and discussing treatment options. Once patients are evaluated, their treatment is coordinated with their referring physicians.