Ventricular Assist Device

A Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) is a mechanical device (“heart pump”) that circulates blood throughout the body when the heart is too weak to pump blood on its own. A small electric motor inside the VAD drives the pump. A left ventricular assist device (LVAD or LVAS) pulls blood from the left ventricle and delivers the blood to the aorta and then out to the rest of the body. This treatment assists patients who are affected by heart failure achieve a greater quality of life or stabilizing symptoms such as shortness of breath and fatigue as they await for heart transplant.


At Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, staff are trained in the monitoring and care of VADS. They ensure the VAD is functioning properly and assist patients in living well with a VAD. La Crosse is part of a shared care program with Mayo Clinic in Rochester and staff work collaboratively to optimize the patient’s quality of life with a VAD.

Information and Appointments
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