LVAD: Heart Failure

The Advanced Heart Failure Program at The John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute (JOHVI) offers comprehensive management of all stages of congestive heart failure.LVAD heart failure

To Schedule A Patient Appointment:

Call: 504-842-4721


Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVAD) 

Our multidisciplinary team of transplant cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, and ancillary staff work together to provide patients a complete array of innovative treatments ranging from surgical and percutaneously implantable left ventricular mechanical support, implantable hemodynamic monitoring, biventricular pacing, ultrafiltration, to novel drug therapies. Our goal is to provide each patient a tailored plan of treatment addressing their physical, mental and emotional needs. Open access clinics, telemanagement, nutrition counseling and social services help achieve this goal.

Ochsner is the largest provider of left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) in the state of Louisiana, implanting over 30 LVADs each year, both as a bridge to transplant and destination therapy.

LVAD Heart Failure

For information about the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart as a bridge to transplant, click here.

Indications for Referral for Mechanical Circulatory Support:

  • Class III/IV Heart Failure Symptoms
  • LVEF <35%
  • Early End Stage Organ DysfunctionHemodynamic Instability
  • Ventricular Arrhythmias
  • Hospitalization for HF in the Past 6 Months
  • Intolerance or Withdrawal of Oral Agents
  • Non-Responsive to CRT/BiV Pacing
  • Being Considered for or Currently on Inotropes
  • Considering Hospice

For Referring Physicians

Referring physicians, for 24/7 transfers, referrals and phone consults, call the Regional Referral Center at 1-855-OHS-LINK (647-5465).