Understanding VAD

A VAD is most commonly used as a bridge to transplant for those whose medical therapy has failed and hospitalized with end-stage heart failure. More recently, the VAD is providing an alternative to transplant. VADs allow a near-normal quality of life, with most patients returning home with their families.

Why Emory for VAD? 

Our VAD therapy program has the "Gold Seal of Approval" from The Joint Commission. The program is one of only two certified programs of its kind in Georgia and one of approximately 80 centers in the United States.
The program provides services for patients with chronic heart failure in an effort to promote optimal health, improve the quality of life, and provide comprehensive outpatient services.

Led by cardiothoracic surgeon David Vega, MD, the VAD team has many years of experience using a VAD as a form of therapy (in place of a donor transplant) for individuals who are not eligible or unwilling to undergo - a heart transplant.

In 2018, Emory celebrated the 30th anniversary of its heart transplant program and had completed over 800 adult heart transplants. Emory's cardiothoracic surgeons perform an average of 25 adult heart transplants each year and have a one-year post-transplant survival rate of 83.4 percent.

Patient Advantages

  • Because the number of heart transplantations is limited by donor availability, using VADs as destination therapy offers hope for more patients with severe heart disease.
  • VAD provides a new and viable option for patients with severe heart failure who are unwilling to undergo transplantation or are ineligible for various reasons, including personal or religious beliefs, cancer, blood clotting problems, and other debilitating health conditions.
  • VADs often allow patients to resume a much more normal lifestyle and can provide a significantly improved quality of life.

Make an Appointment 

To make an appointment, please call 404-778-5273.

Refer a Patient

To refer a patient for consultation, please call 404-778-5273.

Transfer a Patient 

To transfer a patient from another hospital please call 404–778-4930.