Penn Heart and Vascular

Quality and Outcomes at the Ventricular-Assist Device Program

Quality & Outcomes

Treatment at Every Stage of Heart Failure

The Penn heart failure and transplantation program is among the largest in the country. Penn is following more than 3,500 heart failure patients and more than 639 heart transplant patients. Penn offers a wide range of preventive, diagnostic, medical and surgical options to address the pathology of cardiovascular disease. These include advanced programs for patients at every stage of heart failure, including end-stage disease.

Penn is nationally recognized as a leader in the design and implementation of next generation cardiovascular devices.

The Joint Commission logoThe Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center are accredited by the Joint commission with the Advanced Certification in Ventricular Assist Devices.

Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs) for End-Stage Heart Failure

In the United States, there are far fewer hearts available for transplantation than patients living with end-stage heart failure. To offer options to these gravely ill patients, Penn Medicine has become a national leader in the development and use of ventricular assist devices (VADs).

VADs permit several approaches to treatment as:

  • Bridge-to-transplant therapy, VADs enable patients to survive until a donor heart becomes available.
  • Destination therapy, VADs offer life-long support for the failing heart.
  • Bridge-to-recovery, VADs used to "rest" the native heart over a period of weeks to months, and is then removed. This holds the promise of permitting other treatments to restore the native heart to full function, avoiding the need for transplant.

Treatment of End-Stage Heart Failure CY 2005 - CY 2010

CY 2005 CY 2006 CY 2007 CY 2008 CY 2009 CY 2010
Destination VAD 7 3 2 8 15 14
VADS as Bridge to Transplant 19 18 23 18 29 14
Total VADS Per Year 32 28 35 47 61 39
Transplants 49 54 55 50 48 61
  • Destination VAD
  • VADs as a Bridge to Transplant
  • Total VADS Per Year

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