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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, part of Baylor Scott & White Health 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 y​ears. Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple also has the Gold Seal of Approval™.

Baylor University Medical Center  and Baylor Scott & White – Temple are 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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