Notice to all Patients, Families, & Care Givers
Medtronic has stopped the distribution and sale of the HVAD™ System as of June 3, 2021(see full press release). Children and young adults who are currently supported with an HVAD™ System will receive the same excellent care from their care teams. Our ACTION education material is still relevant for those supported by the HVAD™ System. Contact your care team with any questions.
The HVAD™ System will work by continuously spinning blood from the weak part of the heart, through the device, out to the aorta, and the rest of the body. There is a small impeller located inside the VAD that helps with this spinning motion. The pump is always connected to a controller and a power source that keeps the VAD spinning. Because the continuous flow device bypasses the weakened heart chamber, you may not be able to feel your pulse.
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While VADs have been shown to help many patients, living with a VAD has its challenges. VAD patients must:
- take blood thinners and other medicines to help the heart
- make frequent visits to the doctor to make sure the VAD is working right
- have a 24-hour caregiver who understands how the pump works
- change the bandages and clean the area where parts of the pump meet the skin
Learning about your VAD is an important part of getting you discharged and keeping you safe. Watch this video to learn more about how your device works:
Your care team will provide you with more in-depth training to prepare for the VAD quiz that you and your caregivers must complete before leaving the hospital.