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MEDICAL ANIMATION TRANSCRIPT: This video will help you understand the main surgical procedures done to treat heart failure. Please watch the entire video to learn about the surgeries for heart failure. Surgeries for advanced heart failure include coronary artery bypass surgery to improve blood flow to your heart muscle and heart valve reconstruction surgery to improve blood flow through your heart. If the heart remains weak with standard heart failure treatments, advanced treatment options for severe heart failure include insertion of a pump for your heart. A ventricular assist device or VAD is a mechanical pump that's used to support heart function and blood flow in people who have weakened hearts. The device takes blood from a lower chamber of the heart and helps pump it to the body in vital organs just as a healthy heart would. Another advanced treatment for severe heart failure is a heart transplant. If you have advanced heart failure, your surgeon will determine the best type of treatment for you. more