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Who was the inventor of the ventricular assist device?

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Dr. Venkata Chilakapati
Cardiology 23 years experience
LAVD: It was invented in 1982 by paul winchell and also attributeed to robert jarvik jarvik and named as jarvik-7.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

What is the left ventricular assist device?

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Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 28 years experience
Booster pump: Instead of a totally artificial heart which replaces the entire heart, an lvad is a much smaller pump that boosts the pumping ability of the left ventricle (the main pumping chamber). This has many technical advantages over a totally artificial heart.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: ventricular assist device?

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Dr. Michael Fiocco
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Helps a weak heart: Some patients with heart failure are unable to be treated with the normal medications and require mechanical assistance. These mechanical devices take over part of the work of the left ventricle, thus venticular assist device. They range anywhere from a small device placed through an artery in the groin (less assist) to one that is placed via open chest technique like open heart surgery, .
A 32-year-old member asked:

I want to know what's the left ventricular assist device?

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Dr. Mathew Chengot
Cardiology 43 years experience
Help the heart: Lvad - for end stage hf and bridging for heart transplant and at times as a last resort treatment for refractory hf treatment.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What is the use of a left ventricular assist device (lvad)?

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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 23 years experience
Advanced CHF: Typically and lvad has been used in the setting of a patient with advanced congestive heart failure (CHF) where the patient is being listed for or is awaiting a heart transplantation. More recently, lvad's have been approved as destination therapy. On occasion we see patients who recover from their CHF through the use of an lvad, but that is not very common. There are multiple lvad types now.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How did the ventricular assist device (vad) change medicine?

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Bridge 2 transplant: Vad's as a bridge to transplant have prolongued the candidates viability for cardiac transplant. Vad's as destination therapy have prolongued the quality of life for patients that are not cardiac transplant candidates.

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