Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs)

Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs), Mechanical Circulatory Support, Partial Artificial Hearts

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If heart failure, a heart attack, or heart surgery has left your heart damaged or weak and other treatments aren’t working well enough, your cardiologist may recommend that you be evaluated for a ventricular assist device (VAD). A VAD -- sometimes called a partial artificial heart -- can help you feel healthier and stronger and may be used to prepare your heart for the next phase of treatment. Duke cardiologists have a long history of research that has led to the improvement of VAD technology. Our dedicated VAD care team specializes in using these devices to optimize your heart function and improve your quality of life.