Short-term ventricular-assist device
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A short-term ventricular-assist device is an external pump that temporarily does the work of a beating heart. For very sick patients the device buys time, allowing their failing heart to recover until they’re well enough for a longer-term treatment.
Providence Center for Advanced Heart Disease uses a short-term ventricular-assist device called TandemHeart. TandemHeart can circulate as much blood as a natural beating heart, and it works in patients with little or no heart function, including patients with irregular heart rhythms. It can be implanted through open surgery or through a catheter inserted into a leg vein and artery.