Penn Heart and Vascular

Types of VADs at the Ventricular-Assist Device Program

Types of Mechanical Circulatory Support Devices Available at Penn

Penn Heart & Vascular offers a variety of VADs and other mechanical circulatory support devices. At Penn, heart failure patients of nearly every age, size and gender will find suitable devices for their condition. The following list represents the VADs currently available at Penn Medicine:

Devices available as a bridge to transplant

These devices enable patients to survive until a donor heart becomes available.

  • Syncardia CardioWest™ Total Artificial Heart (TAH-t)
  • HeartWare® Ventricular Assist System
  • Thoratec™ Paracorporeal Blood Pumping System
  • HeartMate II® LVAD
  • HeartMate III LVAD *
  • MVAD Trial *

Devices available as destination therapy

These devices offer patients life-long support for their heart failure.

  • HeartMate II® LVAD
  • HeartMate III LVAD *
  • HeartWare® Ventricular Assist System*
    • Also available as destination therapy as part of the ENDURANCE trial.
  • MVAD Trial *
  • Levitronix® Centrimag® VAS
  • Impella
  • Tandem Heart

*Investigational Device

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