Mechanical Assist Devices for Late Stages of Heart Failure

Heart failure is a chronic condition affecting millions of Americans. For most people, heart failure is manageable through lifestyle changes and medication.

But when heart failure progresses to an advanced stage, conventional therapies and symptom management strategies may no longer work. Penn Medicine offers more heart failure treatment options for patients with advanced and end-stage heart failure than any other hospital in the region.

Mechanical assist devices, which are often called ventricular assist devices (VADs), usually serve one of three goals:

  1. To reduce the symptoms of advanced heart failure and extend the patient's life (also known as destination therapy)
  2. To serve as a bridge until a donor heart becomes available for transplant (also known as bridge-to-transplant)
  3. To allow the heart to heal (also known as bridge-to-recovery)

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