Heart and Vascular Care
Mechanical Circulatory Support
Heart support systems in San Diego.
Since 1987, more than 900 patients have been supported with mechanical circulatory support systems at Sharp HealthCare. Mechanical circulatory support systems are devices that keep the heart functioning in patients with life-threatening heart disease. Mechanical assist devices can be used to help a heart become stronger, as a temporary support tool until a patient can receive a heart transplant or as a permanent treatment.
At Sharp Memorial Hospital, we use nine different types of mechanical circulatory support devices. Different devices are used depending on the individual needs of each patient. These include long-term left-ventricular assist devices (LVADs) such as HeartMate II® and HeartMate III®, as well as short-term systems that can be removed if your heart regains strength, or to support you if you're in the hospital.
Why choose us?
- Active participation in clinical trials, enabling many devices to receive FDA approval and be used more safely and effectively
- Comprehensive onsite heart rehabilitation program
- Nationally recognized clinical researchers and authors covering issues relating to artificial heart pumps
- Sharp Memorial Hospital has advanced certification in ventricular assist devices from The Joint Commission
We'll help find the doctor who's right for you.
View doctors specializing in heart care in San Diego.
Dr. Robert Gillespie
"Building trust is the key to helping a patient make the correct informed decision."
Dr. Ajay Yadlapati
"The Sharp Experience means treating people, not patients, and transforming the health care experience for our entire community."
Dr. Payam Mehranpour
"I pride myself on good communication and truly enjoy spending time with my patients."
Dr. Thomas Diggs
"My greatest pleasure comes from the personal interaction I have with patients and their families."
Dr. Suhail Zavaro
"I will deliver the best care in the most efficient way, and strive for happy and satisfied patients."
Dr. Jose Ramiro Lopez
"I am dedicated to providing complete, high quality and personalized medical care for my patients."
Dr. Ara Klijian
"I provide cutting-edge, compassionate care and treat patients as I would my own family."
Dr. Hassan Kafri
"The best outcomes result from open communication between the physician and patient."