Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs) in children and adolescents with chronic, end-stage heart failure
Ventricular assist devices (VADs) compensate for the diminished ability of the heart to pump blood into the circulatory system in patients with acute or advanced chronic heart failure (HF). As a treatment for advanced HF, they are used to sustain patients awaiting heart transplantation and to provide permanent circulatory support in patients who are not candidates for transplantation. VADs sometimes enable waiting transplant candidates to recover myocardial function, thereby eliminating the need for transplantation.
- Chronic Disease
- Equipment Design
- Heart Failure
- Heart-Assist Devices