Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)
About Our VAD Program
A ventricular assist device (VAD) is a battery-operated, mechanical pump-type device that is surgically implanted to treat end-stage heart failure. It helps maintain the pumping ability of a heart that cannot effectively work on its own. Baptist has implanted over 100 VADs as Destination Therapy, Bridge to Transplant, or Bridge to Recovery. Baptist's current VAD survival rate from implant to one year or transplant is above the national average.
Baptist´s own Charles McDaniel talking about the HeartMate II device.