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VAD Patients and Caregivers

In consideration of the health risks surrounding COVID-19, we have adjusted our LVAD education for caregivers to be primarily online. We ask that patients and caregivers carefully review the internet resources and forms below.


A Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) is an internal heart pump used to treat heart failure.

The pump provides continuous blood flow from the left ventricle to the aorta. It requires an external controller and batteries.

UR Medicine's Approach

Here are some of the tools we use to help inform and teach patients, family members and the community about heart pumps. If you have questions about LVAD therapy, please email

Patient and Caregiver - Evaluation for LVAD Implantation

In order to learn if LVAD therapy is right for you, we require the patient and their primary caregiver complete the following:

Patient and Caregiver - Requirements for LVAD Implantation

Patient and Caregiver - Requirements for Discharge

Driveline Dressing Videos

Driveline Dressing Kit Videos

Alternative Driveline Exit Site Dressings as Prescribed by Your VAD Team

How to Obtain a Doppler Blood Pressure

What Sets Us Apart?

Strong Memorial Hospital is one of the busiest LVAD centers in the country and is known for long patient survival. Strong’s heart failure team was first to introduce LVADs to Upstate New York in 2001 and over the years specialists have used each generation of the devices to save patients’ lives.

The team’s size and experience attracts people from Northern New York, Albany, Buffalo and the Southern Tier and Pennsylvania to travel to Rochester for the specialized care. 

Strong Memorial Hospital is among the top 10 centers in the country for volume. 


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