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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.
Dr. Liviu Klein
Cardiology 23 years experience
End stage heart fail: Lvads are used for end stage heart failure either as bridge to transplant or as destination therapy for those who are not candidates for transplantation.
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Cardiology 32 years experience
Heart pumps: Lvad (left ventricle assist device) are implanted pumps powered by an external battery that assist the left side of the heart to pump blood. It is implanted in patients with severe heart failure in whom medications alone are not enough ( such as our former vp dick cheney).

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A 48-year-old member asked:

Which is the average life expectancy after having a left ventricular assist device, or lvad installed?

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Dr. Venkata Chilakapati
Cardiology 23 years experience
LVAD: Nowadays, 80–85% of patients are alive a year after having an lvad fitted and 70–75% after two years. This is fantastic considering that many of them would only have had a life expectancy of 12 months or less before their lvad treatment. One patient whom i know lived for 5.5 yrs (destination therapy).

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