Heart pumps work as 'bridge to transplant'

To support a failing heart, there are two general types of ventricular assist devices, long-term and short-term. Two cardiac surgeons - along with four other cardiologists - at St. Paul's Hospital perform all implantations of long-term devices in the province, under the B.C. Acute Heart Failure Program.

Making excellent care for acute heart failure patients a priority through innovation and research

Seven years ago, Andrea Marrie unexpectedly became a heart transplant candidate. Because a donor heart wasn’t available, Dr. Anson Cheung, a cardiovascular surgeon at St. Paul’s Hospital, wasted no time and implanted a left  ventricular assist device (LVAD) in Andrea.

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