Advanced heart failure treatment with left ventricular assist device

Advanced heart failure treatment with left ventricular assist device

Mayo Clinic heart specialists describe considerations for treatment with ventricular assist devices (VADs) for people living with advanced heart failure.

John M. Stulak, M.D., cardiac surgeon, discusses the landscape of surgical treatment options for people with heart failure. Today, bridge-to-transplant and destination therapy are both appropriate uses for VAD in these patients.

Grace Lin, M.D., a cardiologist specializing in advanced heart failure, discusses the innovations in VAD technology that improve patient quality of life. She also reviews appropriateness of VAD therapy in patient populations that previously were told heart transplant was the only answer.


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