Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD)

This channel includes news and new technology innovations for ventricular assist devices (VAD). VADs are a type of mechanical hemodynamic support device that helps increase blood flow in people who have ventricles that are not work properly due to heart failure, cardiogenic shock, cardiomyopathy or myocardial infarction. Most often these devices support the left ventricle, so they are often referred to as left ventricular assist devices (LVAD). VADS come in two types, surgically implanted, usually as a bridge to heart transplant, and percutanenous catheter-based pumps used for temporary hemodynamic support. Examples of temporary percutaneous pumps include the Impella and TandemHeart devices.

 

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Technology | July 18, 2014

July 18, 2014 — The Freedom portable driver has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for use...

The Maquet CardioHelp System

Case Study | July 09, 2014 | Atman P. Shah, M.D. and Sandeep Nathan, M.D., The University of Chicago

Mr. KH is a 58-year-old male with a past medical history of hypertension and tobacco abuse who presented...

News | July 07, 2014

July 7, 2014 — Thoratec Corp. has acquired Apica Cardiovascular Ltd. for an upfront cash payment of $35 million and...

Watchman, LAA occluder that may help increase cath lab procedure volume.

Left-atrial appendage (LAA) occlusions may help increase cath lab procedure volume.

Feature | June 17, 2014 | Dave Fornell

Interventional thought leaders at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2014 meeting shared their predictions...

HeartWare Ltd. Ventricular Assist Device Correction Batteries
News | May 07, 2014

May 7, 2014 — HeartWare Intl. Inc. issued a voluntary Urgent Medical Device Correction related to all HeartWare...

Advanced Visualization Artificial Hear Heart Repair Arizona State University

ASU engineer David Frakes examines a 3-D print of an optimized, patient-specific artificial heart that was virtually implanted into a pediatric patient.

Feature | April 28, 2014

April 28, 2014 — An Arizona State University research group and medical professionals at Phoenix Children’s Hospital...

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The new HeartWare left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is implanted through a minimally invasive approach and sits inside the chest, connecting directly to the heart.

Feature | April 25, 2014

April 25, 2014 — Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI) was the first facility in Tennessee to implant the...

ICD Heart Failure Treatments VAD California Boston Scientific

Amanda and her husband, Nathan, doting on their daughter, Kassidy, minutes after her arrival.

News | April 23, 2014

April 23, 2014 — Three weeks after delivering her first child, Amanda began to suffer from extreme fatigue,...

News | April 18, 2014

April 18, 2014 — New research presented at the 34th annual meeting of the International Society for Heart and Lung...

News | April 14, 2014

April 14, 2014 — CardiacAssist announced it has received a Class 4 medical device license for its TandemHeart system...

News | April 10, 2014

April 10, 2014 — The largest single-center study of patients implanted with a total artificial heart found the...

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Procyrion Aortix is a catheter-deployed pVAD intended for long-term use in the treatment of chronic heart failure.

Feature | March 18, 2014 | Dave Fornell

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Thoratec HeartMate II LVAS Pocket System Controller Heart Failure Devices VAD
News | March 18, 2014

March 18, 2014 — Thoratec Corp. initiated a voluntary worldwide Medical Device Correction in order to update its...

Procyrion Aortix Ventricular Assist Device Hemodynamic Support Heart Failure
Feature | February 07, 2014
February 7, 2014 — Start-up company Procyrion Inc. is developing a catheter-deployed circulatory assist...

An example of GE Healthcare's XD Clear true 3-D echo visualization software. The images are seen in actual 3-D with use of a pair of glasses, and depth perception is enhanced with the use of false lighting and shadowing.

Feature | January 20, 2014 | Dave Fornell
The Cardiovascular Research Foundation’s Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2013 offers many new insights...
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