In the Center for Advanced Heart Disease at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, we have the unique opportunity to care for our patients who have Left Ventricular Assist Devices, or LVADs for short. We work by using a multidisciplinary-team-based approach, with members including nurses, PAs/NPs, social workers, dieticians, physical and occupational therapists, pharmacists, financial coordinators, heart failure fellows, cardiac surgeons and heart failure attendings . It truly takes a village to keep things moving in the right direction, which is why it is so imprortant to fundraise for these efforts!
Check out the photos on this page to see the LVADs and how our patients wear the equipment. The LVADs can be used to assist the heart as a means until heart transplantation, called "bridge to transplantation" therapy, or they can be used as "destination therapy" whereby the patient can live the rest of his or her life with the LVAD.
Since the flow of blood is contiuous with the models of LVADs that we use today, it is not uncommon for our patients to not have a pulse. Hence, the photo, "No pulse No problem."