Event brings heart patients together

Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular institute hosted a celebration for several patients who are living with a left ventricular assist device (LVADS).

An LVAD takes the place of a person’s left ventricle and helps the heart pump the blood throughout the body.

The device allows these patients to do some activities they might not otherwise be able to do like playing golf and other forms of exercise.

The institute currently has 48 active LVAD patients.