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Auckland DHB Cardiothoracic and Vascular Intensive Care and High Dependency Unit

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Ventricular Assist Therapy

The ventricular assist device (VAD) is a mechanical device that can be used to partially or completely replace the function of a failing heart.

The purpose of the device is to replace or assist cardiac function temporarily, although some devices are being designed that can be implanted permanently. Most patients using the devices are awaiting a heart transplant.

This page was last updated at 12:05PM on August 2, 2021.