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Mechanical Circulatory Support

What is Mechanical Circulatory Support?

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, 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, “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.         

The MCS Team

The specialized MCS team consists of professionals that have received advanced education in this field. They include heart failure/transplant cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, nurse practitioners, nutritionists, physical therapists, pharmacists and social workers. This team has been together for many years and has achieved outcomes among the best in the nation. We will work closely with your physician who will play an integral role in your care.

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

866-WMC-HEART (866.962.4327).