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why can't a ventricular assist device be around a cellphone on a train?

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Dr. Mary Callahan
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 25-year-old member asked:

What is the average life expectancy of having a left ventricular assist device?

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Dr. Kevin Lingle
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.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What does successful bridging with the implantable left ventricular assist device lead to?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
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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Dr. Budi Bahureksa
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 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 31-year-old member asked:

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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