Percutaneous VAD (PVAD)

Device to Improve Heart Function and Increase Blood Circulation

Implanting a ventricular assist device (VAD), or heart pump, is one way the highly skilled interventional cardiologists and surgeons at Loyola Medicine treat patients with heart failure. A VAD is a mechanical pump that helps support heart function and blood flow. VADs can be implanted surgically or attached to the outside of your body percutaneously (through the skin).

Percutaneous ventricular assist devices (PVAD) are not implanted into the body, but rather are connected to the circulatory system by inserting tubes into the femoral artery. A PVAD remains outside your body, as the pump rests on your abdominal wall. It connects to a driver that operates the pump and to a controller that provides feedback when it is time to adjust or repair your system.

PVADs are most often used to treat a weak heart or heart failure, and are often used as a temporary support in preparation for LVAD implantation.  They can help increase heart function and increase blood circulation until long-term therapy can be implemented to help with advanced disease. 

Loyola’s multidisciplinary team of doctors is expert at providing a comprehensive health evaluation to determine whether PVAD implantation is right for you.

Why Choose Loyola for PVAD Implantation?

Loyola’s cardiology and heart surgery program is nationally recognized for our diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular conditions. We work with you to help you understand your condition and develop a treatment plan that is right for you.