What are the 6 types of VADs?

Types of VADs

  • HeartMate II. The Thoratec® HeartMate II is the only LVAD (left ventricular assist device) that is FDA approved for both the bridge to transplantation and destination therapy indications.
  • Jarvik 2000 Heart Assist System.
  • HeartMate 3.
  • Syncardia Total Artificial Heart.

How many LVADs are there?

LVADs for advanced heart failure “For these patients, estimated to be about 250,000 in the United States, they basically have two options: potentially a path to a transplant or having a VAD implanted,” he says.

What is a right ventricular assist device?

A ventricular assist device helps your heart pump blood when the pumping muscle has become weak. A right ventricular assist device (RVAD) pumps blood from your right ventricle or right atrium into your pulmonary artery and to the lungs.

What is a percutaneous ventricular assist device?

Percutaneous ventricular assist devices (PVAD) are not implanted into the body, but rather are connected to the circulatory system by inserting tubes into the femoral artery. PVADs are most often used to treat a weak heart or heart failure, and are often used as a temporary support in preparation for LVAD implantation.

Is pacemaker a VAD?

A pacemaker is perhaps the most well-known implanted medical device for heart patients. It is surgically inserted into the abdomen or chest cavity. They’re used when people are experiencing arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat. This means that heart beating patterns are too fast, too slow, or uneven.

What does Paracorporeal mean?

Paracorporeal means that the actual blood pumps are located outside of the body, and are connected to the heart and blood vessels via cannulas. EXCOR® Pediatric can be used to support one ventricle (left-sided / LVAD) or both ventricles (bilateral / BVAD).

How long can a person live with a VAD?

How long can I live with an LVAD? The expected survival for people with a VAD continues to improve with newer technology. Some patients have survived up to 13 years.

How long can a person live with a ventricular assist device?

How do ventricular assist devices work?

A ventricular assist device (VAD) is a mechanical pump that’s used to support heart function and blood flow in people who have weakened hearts. The device takes blood from a lower chamber of the heart and helps pump it to the body and vital organs, just as a healthy heart would.

What is a tandem heart?

The Tandem Heart® Percutaneous Ventricular Assist Device (pVAD)™ system (Cardiac Assist, Inc.; Pittsburgh, Pa) uses a transseptal cannula that allows direct unloading of the left heart at blood flow rates sufficient to sustain patients.

What is an Impella device?

Impella Ventricular Support System is a small Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD). It is designed to help pump blood in patients who require short term support. The device is a tiny pump inside of a catheter with an electric motor that can deliver about 2.5 liters of blood per minute to the body.