A 25-year-old member asked:
what is the average life expectancy of having a left ventricular assist device?
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Cardiology 15 years experience
Depends: It depends on the type of device (the newer devices heartmate ii and heartware) have longer life expectancies and fewer complications than 1st generation lvads. If an lvad is placed as destination therapy people have lived as long as 7 years without having device replace or a complication...However this is the exception no the rule. Newer devices quote averages of about 5 years.
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Cardiology 44 years experience
Very complicated: The one month survival is 99% there is a 6% complication rate. Beyond one month, stable patients tend to remain stable. The longer the lvad is in place, the greater the risk is, of course, of complications.
5540 viewsAnswered Nov 5, 2019
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Depends: When a person needs a vad, life expectancy without it is short unless the VAD is placed. It all depends on the indication for the vad, the status of the other ventricle and the lungs and if it is a bridge to transplant or destination therapy, or a bridge to a bridge to transplant. The 5 year survival for a heart transplant is about 70%.Vad recipients may suffer complications like stroke, bleeding, .
5740 viewsAnswered Aug 27, 2019Merged
A 36-year-old member asked:
What does successful bridging with the implantable left ventricular assist device lead to?
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Cardiology 33 years experience
Hopefully transplant: The device u speak of is also refered to as an lvad. The device serves as a 'bridge' to keep people stable while they wait for a donor heart to become available.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
What is the typical survival of a patient with left ventricular assist device?
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Cardiology 31 years experience
A few years: Much progress is happening in this area that enables improved longevity from a few months to possibly a few years --.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Why can't a ventricular assist device be around a cellphone on a train?
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Cardiology 29 years experience
LVAD and cellphones: Likely the cellphone may interfere with the electronics of the lvad and so being cautious it is recommended that individuals with an lvad stay away from any potential interference. Ther are some systems that can be monitored via the internet so it is also recommended that you avoid that source of interference.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
What is the definition or description of: ventricular assist device?
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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, .
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Who was the inventor of the ventricular assist device?
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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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