Advanced heart failure can cause you to lose energy, give up activities and, in some cases, lose hope.
At Aurora Health Care, we’ve returned hope to nearly 800 people with a ventricular assist device (VAD). A VAD takes over the heart’s work of pumping blood to the body. Today, VADs let people get back to the things they love to do – from farming to riding a motorcycle to spending time with loved ones.
We’re known throughout the United States as experts in heart failure therapies. In any given year, we use artificial heart pumps to provide expert care for more than 50 people.
People and their doctors choose Aurora Health Care for VAD placement because we offer:
A VAD is a mechanical device that helps treat advanced heart failure, a condition in which the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs.
A VAD may be:
A VAD has several parts, including:
Depending on the type of heart condition you have, we offer several types of VADs, including:
Before your VAD surgery, you’ll have several appointments to make sure you’re ready physically, mentally and emotionally.
These appointments may include:
Getting a VAD placed is major cardiac surgery that takes several hours. Your doctors and their team will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for the procedure.
The day of surgery includes:
After your surgery, we’ll make sure your new artificial heart pump is working smoothly. We’ll also prepare you and your family to care for yourself when you return home.
Your recovery will include:
We recommend that you sign up for a cardiac rehab program. Cardiac rehabilitation will help you regain your strength so you can get back to your normal activities.
We offer cardiac rehab at many locations throughout eastern Wisconsin. Find out more about cardiac rehabilitation.