Auckland DHB Cardiothoracic and Vascular Intensive Care and High Dependency Unit
Public Service, Intensive Care, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery
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.