Study for adults and children who are receiving or have previously received mechanical circulatory support for heart failure


Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support


Bergin James, D

Over the last twenty five years, mechanical circulatory support devices (MCSD) have been developed to help the failing heart. MCSDs have been used successfully to support patients until they get a heart transplant, as treatment until they recover, as well as for permanent implantation (placement in the body) or "destination therapy". The purpose of this study is to gather information from people who have received MCSD support and create an information registry. The registry will allow scientists to research study patient characteristics, device function, implantation procedures and the possible side effects that can arise with the placement of MCSDs. The goal of this kind of research is to better understand and possibly improve the care of people who require MCSD. Study participants will be asked to complete a quality of life questionnaire, a walk test and neurocoginitive “thinking tests” at different timepoints (before implant, 3 &6 months after implant, and every 6 months thereafter). ? Quality of life testing and “thinking tests” are provided free of charge. ? No compensation is provided for this study For more information please contact: • Carol Ballew, MSN • Office: (434) 982-0711 • Email: • IRB #13179 Principal Investigator: James Bergin, MD

Cardiovascular Medicine (Heart Center)

Heart Failure (Congestive Heart Failure)



No Compensation

Carole Ballew