Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)

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The experienced team at Cincinnati’s heart hospital offers advanced options for those with late-stage heart issues. Among those options is the implantation of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) at Bethesda North Hospital. TriHealth is a recognized a leader in quality and outcomes. The multidisciplinary team experienced in heart conditions brings together all the caregivers and treatments necessary to provide the best, personalized options for a patient’s quality and longevity of life.

An LVAD is a mechanical pump implanted inside a patient’s chest to help a weakened heart pump blood. This cutting-edge clinical technology is part of TriHealth’s rapidly expanding Advanced Heart Failure program, based at our destination Heart Hospital on the Bethesda North campus. And it further establishes TriHealth as a comprehensive and high quality heart program, as proven by having the distinction as the region’s only cardiac surgery care program to attain a “3-Star” rating with the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for coronary bypass surgery, several years in a row. This places our cardiac surgery program in the top decile nationally for quality.

  • Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) – An internal pump placed in the left ventricle to pump blood to the rest of the body to aid in myocardial recovery or support the heart prior to heart transplant.

TriHealth Heart Institute’s Experts in LVAD

Bringing the highest level of expertise to the TriHealth Heart Failure program are:

Kathryn O'Keefe, Surgical Director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support and LVAD Program TriHealth

Kathryn O’Keefe MD

Surgical Director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support and LVAD Program (who completed training on LVAD implantation at the Cleveland Clinic)

Sateesh Kesari Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiologist, Medical Director of the LVAD TriHealth

Sateesh Kesari MD

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiologist and Medical Director of the LVAD program.

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