Surgical Therapy for Heart Failure

Cardiac Circulatory Support

The Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute is represented by clinicians and researchers, who have been involved in the development and utilization of blood pumps to support patients with heart failure.

Our clinicians have access to a broad spectrum of devices. The Thoratec and Abiomed pumps are utilized to support patients while they await heart transplantation or are recovering from an acute cardiac injury. The TandemHeart pump is a recent addition and will support patients undergoing high-risk procedures in the cardiac catheterization lab or the operating room. Finally, we are the only group in the area with Medicare approval for the Thoratec Heartmate device for permanent support of patients with failing hearts, who are not candidates for heart transplantation.

Our researchers continue to be leaders in the development of these pumps. They are the recipients of national funding and recognition for the development of novel blood pumps for the temporary and permanent support of sick children and adults.

Our team has helped pave the way towards the development of safe pumps and strategies for supporting these critically ill patients, and we continue to strive towards improving this growing field.