The left ventricle is the large, muscular chamber of the heart that pumps blood out to the body. A left ventricular assist device (LVAD), also called a heart pump, is an implanted mechanical device that helps maintain the pumping ability of a heart that can't effectively work on its own. To learn about our current transplant clinical trials, click here.
Because there is no waiting period for an LVAD procedure, the device can serve one of four functions:
In 2011 Houston Methodist surgeons implanted 60 VADs—twice the number implanted just three years earlier.
Patients who meet any one of the following criteria are candidates for an LVAD:
Our LVAD program offers remarkable quality and more than 10 devices to meet unique patient needs. Your Houston Methodist team will work closely with you to select the right model and coordinate your implantation, so that you can return home to a safe and comfortable lifestyle.
Cloyd Powell received an LVAD device that helped this retired soldier bridge the gap until a donor heart became available.