Ventricular Assist Devices

When basic heart failure therapy (medical and traditional surgery) has not resulted in a significant improvement in symptoms, quality of life and the possibility of extending survival, advanced therapies may be offered which include mechanical support and transplantation when indicated.

Mechanical support involves the placement of a pump called a Ventricular Assist Device (VAD), to support the heart and perform the basic functions that the heart is no longer able to. This is usually a surgical procedure, but Westchester Medical Center has pioneered a novel technique to place a pump through blood vessels in the leg. The most common use of this technology is to support patients while they wait for a suitable donor for transplantation.  In those patients that are not candidate for transplant these pumps can be used as an alternative to transplant for lifetime therapy, called destination therapy. An emerging use of these devices is “bridge-to-recovery” when it is possible that the patient’s heart will recover and the device may be removed.

The physicians at Westchester Medical Center have been leading investigators in this field and have been involved in trials that have led to the success of this therapy. 
Westchester Medical Center has received national recognition in the emerging field of “bridge to recovery”.

The devices available include the Heartmate II, Thoratec BIVAD, Abiomed AB 5000, CentriMag Blood Pump, Tandem Heart, Impella and the Cardiac Help.


Cardiology and Cardiovascular Imaging

19 Bradhurst Avenue, Suites 3850 
Hawthorne, NY 10532
Cardiovascular Imaging:
New Windsor Division
575 Hudson Valley Avenue, Suite 200
New Windsor, NY 12553

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Valhalla Division
100 Woods Road 
Valhalla, NY 10595
Phone: 914.493.8793

Vascular Surgery

Westchester Medical Center
100 Woods Road
Valhalla, NY 10595
19 Bradhurst Avenue, Suite 3750
Hawthorne, NY 10532
Mount Kisco
103 South Bedford Road, Suite 207
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
New Windsor Division
575 Hudson Valley Avenue, Suite 200
New Windsor, NY 12553
White Plains
15 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10601

To learn more about the services provided by Westchester Heart and Vascular please contact us at:

866-WMC-HEART (866.962.4327).

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