Mechanical Circulatory Support Program

Our group is expanding the use of this new technology beyond patients who are waiting for transplant ('bridge to transplant') to patients who do not qualify for transplant but have an unacceptable quality of life on medical therapy ('destination therapy'). At Stanford, we have the newest devices and therapies available, including:

Stanford is one of two destination therapy VAD programs in the Bay Area, with the highest volume in the Bay Area, and is one of seven in California.

Stanford is one of the select institutions currently participating in the ADVANCE bridge-to-transplant trial and our talented team are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

THE MECHANICAL CIRCULATORY SUPPORT PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATION:

For Patients

At your first appointment, you will meet our heart failure team, including a heart failure physician and nurse. We will review your medical history and any of the tests that have been sent with you. During the visit, you will receive education about your condition, recommendations about changes to your diet, and may have medications adjusted and other tests ordered.

We usually obtain an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) to measure your heart and valve function. We also obtain an electrocardiogram (EKG) to assess the rhythm of your heart. If you have a defibrillator or pacemaker, we may interrogate your device to make sure it is working appropriately. We may ask you to have blood drawn at our laboratory to check your kidney and liver function.

PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT

  • Please bring your medication list and the actual pill bottles for those medications 
  • Bring any test results, including laboratory tests. It is best to obtain the actual images on CD-ROM for echocardiograms, angiograms, and stress tests
  • We usually obtain notes from your physician beforehand, but encourage you to bring any medical documentation available to you.
  • If you need to have any diagnostic testing performed our clinic will help you set up appointments for the testing.
  • Plan to be at the clinic for one hour or longer.

AFTER YOUR APPOINTMENT

At future visits, depending on the severity of your condition, a number of diagnostic tests may be performed. These may include exercise stress testing (VO2 max testing), cardiac catheterization, or even genetic testing.

You may reach a transplant nurse coordinator at 650-498-9909.

Call us to make an appointment

650-723-5468

RESOURCES

For Health Care Professionals

PHYSICIAN HELPLINE

Phone: 1-866-742-4811
Fax: 650-320-9443
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics) provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as provides the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions visit Referring Physicians.

HOW TO REFER

Call Val Cannon at 650-723-5468. Fax a referral form with supporting documentation to 650-320-9443.

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