The Center for Advanced Heart Failure Therapies offers leading-edge medical and surgical therapies for end-stage heart disease. Mechanical circulatory support (MCS), also called ventricular assist devices (VAD), refers to the use of surgically implanted pumps that assist the failing heart. These devices can provide both short-term and long-term support.
The CPMC program has long been a leader in the field of mechanical circulatory support and continues to be at the forefront of its development. This field’s past and recent growth provides exciting new treatment options for end-stage heart failure. CPMC offers the full spectrum of VAD therapy for heart failure, from temporary support to stabilize the sickest patients to ongoing support as a bridge to heart transplantation or as a permanent treatment.
If you and your doctor choose VAD as a course of treatment, you’ll undergo an evaluation conducted by our multidisciplinary team. You will be assessed for currently available devices and may also be considered for one of our clinical trials with the next generation of assist devices.
Regardless of the device, you will receive the highest quality clinical care provided by experienced surgeons and cardiovascular experts.