Types of LVADs
Whether you require an LVAD for a short amount of time or as a more permanent solution, there are several devices available to be implanted.
- Very small heart pump
- Can be inserted percutaneously or by using small incisions. Doctors can then advance the device to the heart through an artery.
- For temporary in-hospital use to protect the heart during surgery, such as during stent placement, recovery after a heart attack, or as a bridge to another therapy.
- "Unloads" the left ventricle by pulling blood and releasing it into the aorta.
- HeartMate 3®
- Connected to the left side of the heart and moves oxygenated blood from the left ventricle to the rest of the body.
- Comes with a system controller which powers the LVAD and can fit inside of a pocket.
- Gentle blood handling minimizes complications.
- Intended to provide long-term support to the heart in patients with end-stage heart failure.
Contact the UPMC Heart Transplant Program
For more information about heart transplants, LVADs or to make an appointment for an evaluation, visit the UPMC Heart Transplant Program website, call 412-648-6202, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Impella® is a trademark of ABIOMED, Inc.
HeartMate 3® is a trademark of Abbott.