The left ventricle is the large, muscular chamber of the heart that pumps blood out to the body. When the ventricle is defective or diseased, the ventricle puts a strain on the heart, making it unable to pump blood efficiently throughout your body. To avoid heart failure, the left ventricle must be treated.
When heart function is severely diminished in the advanced stage of heart failure, patients at Baylor St. Luke’s can receive a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)—a temporary or permanent mechanical device— to assist the heart in pumping blood. Having performed more than 1,000 LVAD procedures, our LVAD program is one of the most experienced, successful programs in the world.