Indications and aims – Epidemiology

Now we understand what an LVAD is, how commonly are they used?

There are currently around 300 patients1 in England living with Ventricular Assist Devices. This number is fluctuant as the patients go onto heart transplants, or unfortunately die.

There are 6 centres in England that are licenced to implant LVADs: – Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Harefield Hospital, Manchester Wythenshawe Hospital, Newcastle Freeman hospital, Royal Papworth hospital, and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

During 2018-2019:

  • 102 long term VADs inserted into adult patients. This number has remained relatively stable for the last 3 years.
  • 29 VADs inserted into 20 paediatric patients.