The Seton Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) 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.
Patients served by the VAD Program have been diagnosed with heart failure, cardiomyopathy, chronic ischemic heart disease, and adult congenital heart cisease, and did not respond to conventional therapies.
The staff of Seton’s VAD Program provides various services, including:
- Patient, Caregiver and Family Education – Medication, Diet and Activity
- Health Monitoring
- Symptom Management
- Case Management
- Clinic Follow-Up
- Telephone Management
- Access to Cardiologists Specializing in Heart Failure and Transplant
- Access to Surgeons Specializing in VADs and Transplant
- Access to Transplant Coordinators Specializing in VADs.
What to Expect
- Patients will have an interview and assessment to determine their conditions. The interview will include education about the clinic process with specific focus on origin of the disease, patient responsibilities, treatment medications, and more.
- The assessment also will include a physical evaluation of vital signs - weight, blood pressure, heart rate, respirations, temperature, and pulse oximetry; a review of medical history and medical records, as available; current medications; allergies; and a functional assessment to determine the patient’s activity scale and quality of life. Reassessments are based upon patient need and condition at the time of each physician or Advanced Practice Nurse clinic visit.