Short Term VADs are used to temporarily improve blood flow and allow time for an acutely damaged heart to recover.
Long term VADs are used at Delray Medical Center for the following treatment goals based on FDA approved indications:
- Bridge to Transplant (BTT) patients are those that are waiting for a heart transplant but need the LVAD to control their heart failure symptoms while they wait for a donor heart.
- Bridge to Recovery patients are those that have heart conditions which may only need a short period of recovery time on the pump.
- Destination Therapy (DT) patients are those that are not eligible for transplant or don’t want a heart transplant and choose to live indefinitely with their VAD.