Ventricular Assist Devices
Ventricular-assist devices aid the pumping ability of hearts in patients with advanced-stage heart failure.
Use of Ventricular Assist Devices
Ventricular assist devices are typically used for:
- Patients who require additional support while waiting for a transplant
- Destination therapy, or permanent therapy, for end-stage heart failure patients
- Temporary support after heart attack or during high-risk cardiac intervention
How it WorksVentricular-assist devices aid the pumping ability of hearts in patients with advanced-stage heart failure. A small device is implanted next to a patient’s heart and can pump up to 10 liters of blood per minute, covering the full output of a healthy heart.
Devices used at the Mass General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center are designed for patient-specific needs. In addition to currently available devices, our team uses innovative and investigational devices. These cutting-edge devices are smaller, more durable, quieter and have been shown to improve survival and quality of life.