Heart failure is a progressive condition that deteriorates over time. In the early stages of heart failure, medication and lifestyle changes can help to alleviate symptoms. In patients with advanced heart failure, these medications and treatments ultimately become insufficient and doctors may recommend other treatments such as a heart transplant or the use of a Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) to improve the health and quality of life of these patients. Although heart failure is a serious condition, there are treatment options available to restore patient health.
One option for treating advanced heart failure is the implantation of a Ventricular Assist Device, or VAD. But what is a VAD and how does it work? In the broadest sense, a VAD is a mechanical pump. A VAD can be implanted if the natural pump function of the heart is functioning incorrectly or is restricted. The VAD supports the heart in pumping more blood around the body.
The VAD provides relief from the symptoms of heart failure, helping patients to feel stronger and return to a more active lifestyle.
A VAD consists of:
Consult your GP or cardiologist if you have signs of heart failure or if your symptoms worsen.
Your doctor can provide you with comprehensive information about further treatment and hospitals in which VAD therapy is offered — should this be recommended in your case.