There has been an explosion in the technologies that are available to support patients with advanced heart and lung failure over the last decade.
ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) has become one of the most widely used methods of supporting patients with acute heart and/or lung failure in advanced medical centers around the world. Dr. Jordan Weingarten has been instrumental in creating the first adult ECMO program in Austin at Seton Medical Center and serves at the medical director of the ECMO program at Seton. This article (click here) provides more information about ECMO and illustrates the impact that this technology can have on critically ill patients.
VAD's (Ventricular Assist Devices) are increasingly used as a means to treat patients with advanced heart failure. The care of patients after VAD implantation and when complications arise is extremely complex and requires a multidisciplinary team of medical doctors, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, and others. The physicians at PCCCA have extensive experience in caring for the complex group of patients.