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Ventricular Assist Device

Living with heart failure

​​​​​A ventricular assist device (VAD) is a mechanical pump that is implanted to help the heart pump blood throughout the body.

The VAD can be used as a bridge-to-transplant, which means it can help a patient survive until a donor heart becomes available for transplant. The device is an excellent option for patients with end-stage heart failure. It also can be used as destination therapy, which is an alternative to heart transplant, providing long-term support in patients who are not candidates for transplant.

Watch Shelley Hall, MD, chief of transplant cardiology and mechanical circulatory support at Baylor University Medical Center, discuss left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) treatments for advanced heart failure.


Available devices


Bridge-to-transplant devices

  • HeartMate 3
  • HeartWare®
  • Total Artificial Heart (TAH)

Destination therapy devices

  • HeartMate 3
  • HeartWare®

Short-term devices

  • ECMO
  • Impella
  • Tandem Heart
  • ProtekDuo®
  • Abbott Centrimag™

First accredited VAD program in the country

Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health was the nation's first hospital to receive the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for the Ventricular Assist Device program, an accreditation that is renewed every two y​ears. Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple also has the Gold Seal of Approval™.

Baylor University Medical Center  and Baylor Scott & White – Temple are actively implanting these systems, either as a bridge to transplantation or as destination therapy for those who are not candidates for transplant.

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