If you have a failing or damaged heart, you may need a mechanical pump known as a ventricular assist device (VAD). University of Minnesota Physicians Heart at Fairview offers one of the most extensive mechanical support device programs in the country.
We are a national leader, having implanted more than 600 VADs in total, an average of more than 60 VAD implants each year. In some patients, a VAD has mended weakened cardiac tissue. This not only benefits the individual patient, but offers our researchers the opportunity to better understand the molecular basis of heart failure.
We have pioneered mechanical circulatory support (MCS) bridge-to-transplantation clinical trials and are one of a handful of sites in the nation approved to train surgeons in state-of-the-art transplant technologies that include Thoratec® HeartMate® II and Levitronix® CentriMag® Pump.