This device helps the heart pump blood throughout the body. Once the device is implanted and attached to the left, right or both ventricles of the heart, the system is powered by wires leading to external batteries carried in a portable pack.
A patient may need a VAD if he or she has a weakened heart or heart failure. This means the heart can no longer pump the amount of blood the body needs to work properly.
A VAD can help patients that: