A Ventricular assist device (VAD) is a mechanical heart pump designed to help the heart move blood through the body. It is used in the management of heart failure and as an option for patients who may not be eligible for a heart transplant.
Those who may be candidates for such a procedure can put their trust in the VAD Program at Heart Success in Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center. Since 2008, The Joint Commission has awarded us with advanced certification in VAD destination therapy, and we were the first center in the nation to implant a Heartmate II® Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) after it received Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approval.
Our program offers both long-term VAD, which is implanted in heart failure patients who are no longer responding to optimal medical management, and short-term VAD, which is inserted as a “bridge to decision” or as a rescue and recovery device for those patients who are acutely and critically ill.
Our VAD Medical Team
Treating heart failure requires a patient-centered team approach. Our VAD medical staff consists of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, palliative care specialists, pharmacists and nutritionists. Together, they evaluate each patient’s medical history to see if they would benefit from a VAD and work with their loved ones to ensure they receive the most appropriate care.