Mechanical Circulatory Support

When you injure a part of the body, it needs rest to help heal — much the same as how putting a broken arm in a cast allows it to mend.

But the heart is a pump that works non-stop, beating every second of every day. This makes natural rest nearly impossible.

Research has found that relieving heart damage through mechanical circulatory support or a heart support machine can allow the heart and organs stressed by its weakened state — to recover or even fully heal.

Types of Mechanical Circulatory Support

The Heart Institute at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh has one of the largest mechanical circulatory support programs in the United States.

We have been a leader in two types of mechanical circulatory support methods to treat young patients with advanced heart failure:

Through research and vast experience, we have advanced these support methods.

Now, children can be on heart support machines for longer periods than once thought possible, giving their hearts more time to rest and heal.

To refer a patient for mechanical circulatory support for respiratory or cardiovascular failure, call 412-692-5540.

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