ventricular assist device

Ventricular assist device program hits major milestone

VHVI’s cardiac surgery and heart failure teams recently celebrated a milestone — implanting the 500th adult patient with a ventricular assist device.

Trinity Scott holds a bag containing the portable ventricular assist device that served as a bridge to her eventual heart transplant.

Portable VAD gives patient a bridge to heart transplant

For nearly a month, 15-year-old Trinity Scott sported a black canvas messenger bag filled with favorite books, lip gloss or school supplies. Her bag even had a name, “Alice.” But far from any ordinary bag, what was inside was literally keeping her alive.

New surgery for heart pump implants helps reduce hospital stays

Artel Thorpe Sr. of Jackson, Tennessee, recently became the first person in the United States to undergo a new, less invasive surgical technique for implanting a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) heart pump since it was granted Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approval on July 11.

New research group oversees studies in advanced heart failure

Vanderbilt’s Department of Cardiac Surgery has developed an Advanced Heart Failure Clinical and Translational Research Group that serves as a central research resource for advanced heart failure surgeons and cardiologists.

VHVI educates airport screeners on heart devices

Thanks to advances in technology, heart patients with ventricular assist devices (VADs) are able to travel with greater frequency.

Heart Institute hits ventricular assist device milestone

Cardiac surgeons recently performed Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute’s 100th ventricular assist device (VAD) implant.