Heart Failure Conditions considered for VAD therapy:
- Cardiomyopathy: The term "cardiomyopathy" is a general term that refers to the abnormality of the heart muscle itself.
- Dilated Cardiomyopathy: Dilated cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle, most commonly located in the left ventricle. The ventricle stretches and thins (dilates) and can't pump blood as well as a healthy heart.
- Ischemic Cardiomyopathy: Ischemic cardiomyopathy (CM) is the most common type of cardiomyopathy. This is caused by ischemia - a lack of blood supply to the heart muscle caused by coronary artery disease and heart attacks.
- Restrictive Cardiomyopathy: Restrictive cardiomyopathy refers to a set of changes in how the heart muscle functions. These changes cause the heart to fill poorly (more common) or squeeze poorly (less common).
- Peripartum Cardiomyopathy: Peripartum cardiomyopathy is a rare disorder in which a pregnant woman's heart becomes weakened and enlarged. It develops during the last month of pregnancy, or within 5 months after the baby is born.
- Pulmonary Artery Hypertension: A condition of having high blood pressure in the arteries that go from your heart to your lungs and cause your heart to have to work abnormally hard to pump blood. This condition weakens your heart over time and may cause the need for a VAD.
To determine if you are a candidate for LVAD, please call our VAD team at 1.844.MYLVADS.
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