Palmetto Health Heart Hospital is the first hospital in the Midlands - and one of only two hospitals in South Carolina - to implant HeartMate II® left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) in patients with failing hearts and those awaiting cardiac transplants. Dr. Jeffery Martin, cardiovascular surgeon with Carolina Cardiac Surgery Associates (part of the Palmetto Health Physician Network), surgically implants these devices. This type of LVAD allows patients to be discharged from the hospital with uninterrupted support from the device.
"It is a means to prolong the lives of patients with severe heart failure," said Martin.
The LVAD is a mechanical pump that assists the heart's function and blood flow. The pump receives power from a battery pack that is worn outside the patient's body. The device can provide increased quality of life, allowing the patient to carry out daily activities with minimal restrictions.
Martin is part of a dedicated team that has an interest in the treatment of advanced heart failure. The VAD team is comprised of several physicians, advanced practice nurses and other specially trained health care providers that work collaboratively in caring for these complex patients.
Martin states, 'We are excited to be able to offer LVAD to patients in this region who haven't had access before."
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