UI Is First in Iowa to Use Blood Pump

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The Ventricular Assist Device Program at University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center is nationally certified by the Joint Commission, the accreditation and certification agency for more than 17,000 health care organizations in the United States.

A ventricular assist device is a mechanical blood pump that takes over the function of a heart ventricle. The device typically is used to treat patients with advanced heart failure who are critically ill and waiting for a heart transplant. More recently, this therapy has been shown to effectively prolong life and improve the quality of life for patients who are ineligible for transplant.

The Ventricular Assist Device Program at the UI Heart and Vascular Center is the only one in Iowa that offers this type of therapy. The program is led by Jennifer Goerbig-Campbell, MD UI clinical assistant professor of internal medicine, and includes experts in cardiovascular medicine and cardiothoracic surgery.