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A 38-year-old member asked:

Is left ventricular assist device considered an artificial heart?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 29 years experience
No: An lvad is not considered an artifical heart because it can only replace one chamber (a ventricle).
Dr. George Mathew
Cardiology 59 years experience
No: It is a short term device to bridge insertion of artificial heart.
Dr. Christopher White
Cardiology 44 years experience
Yes: Lvads support the left ventricle which is one side of the heart, the left side, that pumps blood to the aorta. The right side pumps blood to the lungs. An artificial heart has both lvad and rvad. Both sides.
Last updated Apr 16, 2016
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