A CF VAD may be used to help a heart pump for many reasons. Depending on your situation, your VAD may be used
• Bridge to transplant: To support the heart until a heart transplant can happen.
• Destination therapy: To support the heart for the rest of someone’s life if transplantation is not the right
option for the patient.
• Bridge to recovery: To support the heart if there is a chance the heart will recover.
• Bridge to decision: To support the heart until a decision can be made by the family and medical team regarding
next steps (surgeries or medications).
The goals for patients on CF VADs is to get stronger, tolerate a normal diet, go home, and be able to play and go back to school. VADs have shown to improve quality of life, symptoms, and exercise tolerance. Up to 89% of ACHD VAD patients are able to be discharged and go home. VADs help improve survival rates as well. In fact, patients with a CF VAD have a 90% survival rate to one year.