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Mechanical Circulatory Support

What is Mechanical Circulatory Support?

When basic heart failure therapy (medical and traditional surgery) has not resulted in a significant improvement in symptoms, quality of life and the possibility of extending survival, advanced therapies may be offered which include mechanical support and transplantation when indicated.

Mechanical support involves the placement of a pump, Ventricular Assist Device (VAD), to support the heart and perform the basic functions that the heart is no longer able to. This is usually a surgical procedure, but Westchester Medical Center has pioneered a novel technique to place a pump through blood vessels in the leg. The most common use of this technology is to support patients while they wait for a suitable donor for transplantation. In those patients that are not candidate for transplant these pumps can be used as an alternative to transplant for lifetime therapy, “destination therapy”.  An emerging use of these devices is “bridge-to-recovery” when it is possible that the patient’s heart will recover and the device may be removed.

The physicians at Westchester Medical Center have been leading investigators in this field and have been involved in trials that have led to the success of this therapy. 
Westchester Medical Center has received national recognition in the emerging field of “bridge to recovery”.

The devices available include the Heartmate II, Thoratec BIVAD, Abiomed AB 5000, CentriMag Blood Pump, Tandem Heart, Impella and the Cardiac Help.         

The MCS Team

The specialized MCS team consists of professionals that have received advanced education in this field. They include heart failure/transplant cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, nurse practitioners, nutritionists, physical therapists, pharmacists and social workers. This team has been together for many years and has achieved outcomes among the best in the nation. We will work closely with your physician who will play an integral role in your care.

       

Cardiology and Cardiovascular Imaging

     
19 Bradhurst Avenue, Suites 3850 
Hawthorne, NY 10532
Cardiology:
914.909.6900 
Cardiovascular Imaging:
914.909.6925
New Windsor Division
575 Hudson Valley Avenue, Suite 200
New Windsor, NY 12553
845.561.2773 
 
        

Cardiothoracic Surgery

     
Valhalla Division
100 Woods Road 
Valhalla, NY 10595
Phone: 914.493.8793
     
        

Vascular Surgery

     
Westchester Medical Center
100 Woods Road
Valhalla, NY 10595
914.493.7000
   
       
Hawthorne
19 Bradhurst Avenue, Suite 3750
Hawthorne, NY 10532
914.909.6835
Mount Kisco
103 South Bedford Road, Suite 207
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
914.241.3204
 
       
New Windsor Division
575 Hudson Valley Avenue, Suite 200
New Windsor, NY 12553
845.561.2773
White Plains
15 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10601
914.593.1234
 

To learn more about the services provided by Westchester Heart and Vascular please contact us at:

866-WMC-HEART (866.962.4327).

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