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VAD Implants by Type

Pie chart of types of ventricular assist devices 

View the types of ventricular assist devices implanted at UPMC from the image above.

Meet Our Patients

Heather Blum

Heather Blum - Heart Arrhythmia 

While on a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), Heather's failing heart regained strength and she was able to avoid a heart transplant.

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Richard Fisher

Richard Fisher - Congestive Heart Failure 

After a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implant procedure, Richard is enjoying being able to live his life the way he chooses.

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Medical Mondays - Advanced Heart Failure 

As he waits for a heart transplant, Mike Tracy spends time with his family while on a left ventricular assist device (LVAD).

Watch his story featured on Medical Mondays »

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UPMC Artificial Heart Program

Artificial Hearts and Ventricular Devices (VADs)

In 1985, UPMC surgeons implanted the nation's second Jarvik Artificial Heart as a bridge-to-transplantation. In 1990, UPMC became the first medical center to discharge a patient on a ventricular assist device (VAD).

Today, we continue to pioneer the use of mechanical circulatory support devices, treating more than 1,000 people, and making our Artificial Heart program one of the most active program of its kind. 

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