First LVAD Procedure for Heart Failure

The team prepares for rounding on the first patient.

After many months of planning, training and preparing, the Infirmary’s Heart Institute team has successfully implanted our first left ventricular assist device (LVAD). The device serves this first patient as a bridge to transplant.

More than 400,000 Arkansans are impacted each year by heart failure. Those in the later stages of the disease are often left with very few treatment options other than medical management, which does not always provide  a longer life.

Having a mechanical assist device program allows CHI St. Vincent to offer advanced heart therapies.

This gives  hope to the community we serve,  both by bridge to transplant or destination therapy, as they do not meet the requirements for transplant at time of implant. This is truly a milestone for the organization.

Learn more about our Heart Failure program and meet our physicians who are leading these advances.

Our team celebrates the first LVAD procedure on April 18, 2017.