Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs)

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"Thanks to my surgery and the support of doctors and staff, I'm able to keep doing what I do." Terry Taylor, ventricular assist device recipient

Lutheran Hospital is the only hospital in northern Indiana providing ventricular assist device, or VAD, services to adults with advanced heart failure.

Some advanced heart failure patients may eventually find that medications and therapies are no longer beneficial. At that point, a ventricular assist device may be implanted to help the lower chambers of the heart pump blood through the heart and to the rest of the body.

VADs are often used as a bridge to a heart transplant or a step to recovery. They may also serve as a destination therapy for patients who are not transplant candidates. These patients are able to live at home and enjoy improved quality of life without constant fatigue and shortness of breath.