The cardiothoracic surgeons at Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, use a pediatric ventricular assist device (VAD) to help children with severe heart failure. Some of these children are waiting for a heart transplant.
Other children who aren’t candidates for a heart transplant can use a pediatric ventricular assist device as a treatment itself.
At Norton Children’s Heart Institute, our specialists use pediatric VADs to treat conditions that include:
- Chemotherapy-induced heart dysfunction
- Chronic and acute heart transplant rejection
- Congenital heart disease
- Dilated cardiomyopathy
- Duchenne muscular dystrophy cardiac dysfunction
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
- Left ventricular noncompaction cardiomyopathy
- Restrictive cardiomyopathy
The board-certified and fellowship-trained specialists at Norton Children’s Heart Institute will evaluate your child and decide if a VAD is the best method to treat your child’s heart failure. If a pediatric ventricular assist device is necessary, either a short-term or long-term VAD will be used.
Short-term VADs include the aortic balloon pump, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), Impella heart pump and Rotaflow centrifugal pump.
Long-term VADs include the Berlin Heart Excor and the HeartWare HVAD system.
The benefit of having a VAD is that it restores sufficient oxygenation and blood flow to the body. Other organs, such as the kidneys, also work better. Children have more energy again and are able to eat again. This allows children to get out of bed and get stronger. This is especially important if your child is waiting for a heart transplant. We want your child to be strong and as healthy as possible when a donor heart is available.
Norton Children’s Heart Institute is the leading provider of pediatric heart care in Louisville and Southern Indiana. Our pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons, pediatric cardiologists, pediatric intensivists and pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists have extensive experience in placing VADs and caring for patients following their VADs.
Norton Children’s has a network of outreach diagnostic and treatment services conveniently located throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana.