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​​A ventricular assist device (VAD) is a mechanical pump that is implanted to help the heart pump blood throughout the body.

The VAD can be used as a bridge-to-transplant, which means it can help a patient survive until a donor heart becomes available for transplant. The device is an excellent option for patients with end-stage heart failure. It also can be used as destination therapy, which is an alternative to heart transplant, providing long-term support in patients who are not candidates for transplant.

Bridge-to-Transplant Devices

  • Thoratec HeartMate II®
  • HeartMate 3 (trial)
  • Thoratec PVAD®
  • HeartWare®
  • SynCardia Total Artificial Heart (TAH)

Destination Therapy Devices

  • Thoratec HeartMate II®​
  • HeartMate 3 (trial)

We also offer short-term devices including: ECMO, Impella and Tandem Heart.

First Accredited VAD Program in the Country

Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas was the nation's first hospital to receive the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for the Ventricular Assist Device program, an accreditation that is renewed every two years.

The Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas is actively implanting these systems, either as a bridge to transplantation or as destination therapy for those who are not candidates for transplant.

VAD Home Care Tips

You had a procedure to insert a ventricular assist device. This device replaces the pumping action of your heart. Here's what you need to know about home care.

Discharge Instructions for Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)

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