Left Ventricular Assist Device


There are two types of heart failure: systolic and diastolic. For patients with systolic heart failure, the heart muscle becomes weak and enlarged. It can't pump enough blood forward when the ventricles contract. Ejection fraction, a measurement of how well your heart is working, is lower than normal.

Left Ventricular Assist Devices, also known as LVADs, can dramatically improve symptoms in patients with systolic heart failure. 

What is a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)?

A Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) is a pump for patients who have reached end-stage heart failure. It is a surgical implanted battery-operated, mechanical pump, which then helps the left ventricle (main pumping chamber of the heart) pump blood to the rest of the body.

LVADs can be used as: 

  • As a temporary support for a patient waiting for a heart transplant, known as a "bridge to transplant"
  • As a long-term solution for patients who are not candidates for heart transplant, known as "destination therapy"

Why Choose Dignity Health Heart and Vascular Institute of Greater Sacramento?

Dignity Health Heart and Vascular Institute of Greater Sacramento offers specialized expertise to support, and improve the quality of life of, patients with advanced heart failure. Through its Advanced Heart Disease Clinic, our team supports patients through the entire continuum of care—from initial referral, through LVAD implant surgery, post-implant follow-up, education and support. They are also members of one of the largest heart surgery teams in California.

To contact the Advanced Heart Disease Clinic, call (916) 453-4768. For a referral to a Dignity Health specialist, please call (844) 876-4027.

Patient Testimonial 

When Kishore Mahabir began experiencing heart failure, the specialists at Dignity Health’s Advanced Heart Disease Clinic supported him along his journey to recovery—from the cardiovascular surgeons who implanted the life-changing medical device (the LVAD) to the Advanced Heart Failure cardiologist, LVAD coordinators, LVAD social worker, cardiovascular rehab therapists, and dietitian who supported him every step of the way. See his story.