Ventricular Assist Device Therapy
Established in 2013, Moses Cone’s Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) program was the first non-transplant hospital in North Carolina to receive Destination Therapy certification by the Joint Commission. Since that time, we have implanted over 80 heart pumps.
VADs are mechanical heart pumps that pump blood for a weak, failing heart. They can help patients live longer with a better quality of life.
What’s a Ventricular Assist Device?
Also known as a mechanical heart pump, a left ventricular assist device (LVAD,) is an implantable device that helps the bottom left chamber of your heart (left ventricle) pump blood from the ventricle to the aorta, which supplies blood to the rest of your body.
Advanced Heart Pump Technology
Four out of five people experience a dramatic reduction in advanced heart failure symptoms after receiving the HeartMate II, HeartMate III left ventricular assist device (LVAD,) or Heartware (HVAD.) The LVAD is implanted inside your body during open heart surgery. The pump is a connected to a controller and batteries (or power cord) outside of your body, through a cable that passes through the skin of your abdomen. These are the only LVADs approved by FDA for long-term treatment (destination therapy) and as a bridge to a heart transplant.
Quality Care Close to Home
Trust the experience of North Carolina’s first team to offer ventricular assist device therapy in a community health setting. Rest assured you’ll receive the highest-quality care—Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital’s VAD program holds a Gold Seal of Approval™ from the Joint Commission, the nation’s premier health care accrediting agency.
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You’ll appreciate the personal support and guidance you receive from Cone Health’s dedicated VAD coordinators—experienced clinicians who:
- Coordinate your care
- Help you understand your condition
- Teach you about your ventricular assist device
- Explain what to expect before, during and after your VAD surgery
- Answer your questions
- Will see you at your follow up appointments in the VAD clinic
Long-Term Follow-Up Care
Count on your Cone Health heart and vascular care team to provide comprehensive long-term follow-up care to help you live as well as possible after VAD surgery. Learn about our multidisciplinary heart failure clinic.