Procedures

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.

Advantages

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.

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