MD Insider provides a unique inside look into medical conditions and treatments to uncover ground-breaking advances that are truly transforming healthcare. The series features insight from acclaimed cardiologist, Dean Kereiakes, MD, breaking down exciting innovations and treatments available right here in the Tristate. In this month's episode, Dr. Kereiakes sits down with Gregory Egnaczyk, MD to discuss ventricular assist devices (VAD), a new mechanical treatment for end-stage heart failure.
Mechanical Heart Assist Device Program
The VAD team at our accredited Carl H. & Edyth Lindner Heart Failure Treatment Center at The Christ Hospital consists of board-certified:
- Exercise specialists
- Nurse practitioners
- Registered nurses
- Social workers
All members of the team have specialized training in the care of VAD patients. In past years, the only treatment option for end-stage heart failure was a heart transplant. Every year 50,000 people need a heart transplant in the U.S., but only 2,000 to 2,500 people will get one. The good news is that new treatment options are now available for these patients!
Click to learn more about our heart failure treatment options, including VAD.