Ventricular Assist Device

The circulatory assist device program at IU Health is an established, nationally-recognized program servicing patients from all parts of Indiana and our neighboring states. Our program consists of dedicated heart failure cardiologists and ventricular assist device (VAD) surgeons committed to the success of patients undergoing implantation of these devices. These physicians are joined by an extensive nursing, rehabilitation, and social support team that works to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients.

VAD therapy has evolved over the last several years to become a life-saving, quality of life-enhancing option for patients with end-stage heart failure, regardless of the cause. At IU Health, we offer the latest VAD technology, including destination therapy and bridge to transplant left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy and other devices approved for medical use. We also participate in national trials of newer device technologies so that we can offer our patients the latest and leading edge treatments.

As an established, high-volume VAD center, you can be assured of the highest quality care throughout all stages of your care with us.

What to Expect

Your visit with one of our heart failure Cardiologists will begin with a thorough review of your medical history. Our office will work to ensure that all of your medical records are made available to our physicians. A large part of this visit will also be educational, giving you the opportunity to learn more about VAD therapy from the Cardiologist and different members of our team. An important aspect of successful VAD therapy is caregiver support, and we therefore encourage a patient’s family and loved ones to participate, so that working together we can provide a continuum of care that reaches from our hospital and clinic to your home.

We believe that the best patient is an informed patient. We encourage you to prepare for your visit by reviewing Web-based education on the topic of VAD therapy (see below) as well as to ask questions during your visit.

We further encourage you to read more about our aligned Heart Failure and Heart Transplant programs.

Contact the Advanced Heart Care Clinic at 317.962.9700 to schedule your consultation with one of our heart failure specialists, or ask your Primary Care doctor or Cardiologist about Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) treatment options at IU Health.