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Ventricular Assist Device - VAD

Congestive heart failure may be treated with lifestyle changes, medication or pacemaker use. Yet some patients’ hearts still do not pump blood sufficiently.

A ventricular assist device, known as VAD or LVAD (left ventricular assist device), can help patients with weakened hearts.

Surgeons at Abington Health’s Heart & Vascular Institute implant VADs, giving patients improved quality of life. We have received certification
for advanced Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) care from The Joint Commission, a quality accreditation organization.

How VAD Works

Ventricular assist devices may be used while recovering from heart surgery, awaiting heart transplant or for permanent therapy when transplant is not possible.

The mechanical device takes blood from the left ventricle of the heart and pumps it through the body. VAD can improve blood flow and organ function, helping patients become stronger.

Small battery-powered implanted VAD units let patients waiting for a heart transplant leave the hospital. Implanted intra-aortic balloon pumps maintain heart function. They inflate and deflate to generate pumping action.

Living With VAD

Patients with a VAD learn to manage the device once they are medically stable. They work with the Comprehensive Heart Failure Program team to maintain health and have regular follow-up appointments.

VAD enables a return to daily activities, including work and travel, with certain limitations. This cardiac assist therapy can decrease hospitalizations and improve quality of life.

Charles G. Blumstein, MD

LVAD Patient

Charles G. Blumstein, MD
Tells His Story.


The high quality and cost-efficiency of our heart services have earned Abington Memorial Hospital recognition as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care® by Independence Blue Cross.Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care

JointCommissionGoldSealThe Joint Commission also awarded Abington Memorial Hospital the Gold Seal of Approval and Disease-Specific Advanced Certification for its Comprehensive Heart Failure Program and certification for advanced VAD (Ventricular Assist Device).

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