Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)

The Willis-Knighton Heart & Vascular Institute’s provider based clinic includes the Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD). The device we currently use is the Thoratec HeartMate II™LVAD. The HeartMate II™ is Thoratec's first-line intermediate-to-chronic left ventricular assist device. Designed to dramatically improve survival and quality of life, the HeartMate II™ was developed to provide several years of circulatory support for a broad range of advanced heart failure patients. Its small size and quiet operation make the HeartMate II™ suitable for a wider range of patients, including women and those of smaller stature. With product attributes specifically developed to minimize the risk of complications, the HeartMate II™ is exceptionally durable and dependable.

Heart MateThe goal for this service is to provide the highest quality of care dedicated to evaluating and treating patients with end-stage heart failure. Our surgeons involved in the program are Dr. Curt Prejean and Dr. David Hamm, both affiliated with Red River Cardiovascular Surgery. Our cardiologists are Dr. Basel Kasabali, Dr. Phillip Rozeman, and Dr. Michael Futrell, all affiliated with Cardiovascular Consultants. Our physicians are in close communication with partnering physicians throughout the patient’s care, from diagnosis of early heart failure through advanced treatment.

LVADWe are a Destination Therapy LVAD program. Destination Therapy is when a VAD is used as a long-term treatment for patients who are not candidates for transplant, such as those with end-stage congestive heart failure. In these patients the pumps are placed permanently to help the heart work better. This is subject to change, pending the results of your evaluation and your Physician’s decision. Our program works closely with Baylor in Dallas, Texas, and Ochsner in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Diagnosis of Heart Failure

Advanced heart failure is a complex syndrome diagnosed by a thorough evaluation of signs and symptoms. Diagnosis may be confirmed by an initial evaluation that includes:

  • Comprehensive medical and thorough physical exam
  • Laboratory tests
  • Chest X-ray
  • Echocardiography
  • Cardiac CT
  • Cardiac MRI
  • Heart Catheterization 

LVAD Center Referrals

The Heart Valve Center accepts both physician referrals and self-referrals.
Please contact us at:

VAD Coordinator: Kellie Hart
(318) 212-8600

Referral Criteria