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What is the left ventricular assist device?

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Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 29 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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Dr. ALADIN MARIANO
Thoracic Surgery 50 years experience
As the name implies: It is a device that assist the lv. It does so by relieving "work" or stress on the lv. The principle is for the blood going to the lv be diverted to a "pump" which then functions as a substitute lv to pump the blood back to circulate. Your natural lv then gets a rest as a substitute pump is doing the "work". The pump can be in or outside your body.
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Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 33 years experience
Device, propel blood: It is a device that propels blood thus taking over the function of the weak and failing left lower heart chamber. It is typically implanted in patients with severe class 4 heart failure who would otherwise have little mobility or not survive due to the failing heart.
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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 44 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.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

Who was the inventor of the ventricular assist device?

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Dr. Venkata Chilakapati
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 24 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 32-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 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.
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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 40 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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