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UW Health's Heart, Vascular and Thoracic team will continue its series of live web broadcasts with a program on ventricular assist devices, or VADs.
UW Hospital and Clinics is one of a handful of hospitals in the region offering VADs - a heart pump that can be implanted in patients to pump blood when a patient's heart isn't able to do the work.
The device offers patients with advanced heart failure the opportunity for a better quality of life, either as an assist to the heart until the patient receives a heart transplant or as lifelong therapy.
Cardiothoracic surgeons Takushi Kohmoto, MD and Lucian Lozonschi, MD, along with Maryl Johnson, MD, director of the UW Health Transplant Program, will discuss the benefits of a VAD for patients with advanced heart failure.
The broadcast will also include video of Dr. Kohmoto taken during a VAD implant surgery. Throughout the online broadcast, viewers are invited to submit questions to the physician panel.