Ventricular Assist Devices

Ventricular-assist devices aid the pumping ability of hearts in patients with advanced-stage heart failure.

About This Procedure

Use of Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs)

VADs 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 Works

VADs 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. There are several types of VADs, with left ventricular-assist devices (LVADs) being the most used.

Learn about LVADs

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.

Patient Education

  • Patient Guide to Cardiac Surgery (PDF)

    Learn what to expect before, during and after your surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center by downloading and printing our patient guide to cardiac surgery.

  • Frequently Asked Questions About Cardiac Anesthesia

    The Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center offers a patient guide to cardiac anesthesia. Our dedicated clinicians believe it is important for you to know what to expect before, during and after a cardiac anesthesia.

Contact

Contact Us

Corrigan Minehan Heart Center

55 Fruit Street Boston, MA 02114
  • Near Public Transit
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Phone: 866-644-8910


If you are a new patient, you may call the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center outpatient access office at 866-MGH-8910, or complete our online appointment form to request an appointment. A member of our access team will ask you more about your condition and symptoms, and match you with the best-fitting Corrigan Minehan Heart Center physician.

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