Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD)

Doctors at the Heart & Vascular Institute were the first in the United States to implant a right-sided Impella RP heart pump when, for an emergency procedure in 2012, the Food & Drug Administration granted a special exemption while the federal agency was still evaluating the device. 

Heart pumps can save lives of patients with failing hearts or otherwise maintain blood flow during Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) procedures. In this special exemption case, the patient’s condition deteriorated rapidly after he suffered a heart attack involving closure of the right coronary artery. Even though the artery was opened with emergency angioplasty, the right ventricle -- which is supplied by the right coronary artery -- was severely impaired so that blood could not be pumped to the lungs and to the left ventricle. (The left ventricle pumps the blood to the rest of the body.) Our doctors used the investigational right-sided pumping device (Impella) to restore normal blood-flow balance in the patient. He survived and leads an excellent quality of life to this day.

Now approved by the FDA, these miniature heart pumps can be used during right-sided heart failure when blood backs up because it’s not pumped out to the lungs. Our doctors can insert the Impella RP through a catheter into the femoral vein and onto to the right atrium before finally reaching the pulmonary artery. The pump expels blood from the right ventricle, relieving stress on the right side of the heart.

Andrew Jones of Farmington is kept alive with a ventricular assist device as he awaits a heart  transplant:

Meet our VAD Specialists:

Name Specialties Location
Darsaklis, Konstadina, MD
860.972.1212
  • Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Echocardiography
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  • Hartford
Gluck, Jason Aaron, DO
860.972.1212
  • Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Hartford
  • Norwich
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Jaiswal, Abhishek, MD
860.972.1212
  • Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
Radojevic, Joseph Anthony, MD
860.972.1212
  • Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Norwich
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