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What is left ventricular assist device?

What is left ventricular assist device?

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. ...Read more

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Is left ventricular assist device considered an artificial heart?

Is left ventricular assist device considered an artificial heart?

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. ...Read more

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Can your body reject a ventricular assist device vad?

Can your body reject a ventricular assist device vad?

VAD: Not usually, these are mechanical devices and do not have tissues that would be rejected. However because they are mechanical patients are kept on blood thinners because they can cause blood clots. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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How did the ventricular assist device (vad) change medicine?

How did the ventricular assist device (vad) change medicine?

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. ...Read more

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Will left-ventricular assist device therapy replace need for a heart transplantation?

Will left-ventricular assist device therapy replace need for a heart transplantation?

LVAD: LVAD can be bridge and in some patients destination therapy. In some patients LAVD can be destination therapy. I would call any of the close major medical center who have a LVAD program and seek their input. ...Read more

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Is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator usually efficient?

Is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator usually efficient?

Yes: Implanted cardioverter defibrillators (icds) are the most effective treatment in terminating dangerous arrhythmias. Icds are not 100% effective, but are significantly better than medication alone. ...Read more

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

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

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). ...Read more

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What patients need an implantable cardioverter defibrillator?

Ventricular Arrhythm: Patients that have dangerous arrhythmias such as ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation are the usual candidates for an implanted cardio-verter defibrillator or icd. ...Read more

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Is bridging to transplantation with a left ventricular assist device a risky procedure?

Is bridging to transplantation with a left ventricular assist device a risky procedure?

Depends: Like most of medicine and life, you have to balance relative risk vs absolute risk. The absolute risk of an lvad is high (stroke, infection, death) but if the heart is really failing and a donor cannot be found, the relative risk of not doing an lvad may be higher than putting one in. It all depends on the overall clinical circumstances. ...Read more

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Can aed machines have tracking devices?

Can aed machines have tracking devices?

AED : AED devices have algorhythms in the ir programming to analyze heart activity. I am not aware of any tracking function for the device itself. ...Read more

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When is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator used to treat patients with arrhythmias?

When is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator used to treat patients with arrhythmias?

Sudden cardiac death: Icd's are utilized in patients who are at risk for sudden cardiac death or ventricular arrhythmias. These can be patients who already have significant structural heart disease or may have already suffered a sudden death episode. Also they are utilized in patient's who have certain familial conditions which may predispose them to sudden death. ...Read more

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How does an implantable cardioverter defibrillator function?

How does an implantable cardioverter defibrillator function?

Detection: It detects fast heart beats above a threshold set by the cardiologist and programmed into the defibrillator and delivers a shock or atp - pacemaker override, depending on the heart rate. It will deliver subsequent shocks depending on the heart rate it detects. ...Read more

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How effective is an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator for treating cardiac arrest?

How effective is an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator for treating cardiac arrest?

ICD: The ICD is probably the most effective treatment for cardiac arrest as it is in place and monitoring for a shockable ventricular tachyarrhythmia. It is the fastest way to accomplish defibrillation. ...Read more

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Does complete implantability reduce infection with the use of a left ventricular assist device?

Does complete implantability reduce infection with the use of a left ventricular assist device?

Infection and LVAD: Yes, complete implantability of left ventricular assist devices will reduce the risk of infection. ...Read more

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What is an abdominal left ventricular assist device used for?

Same use for LVAD. : However, it is the location of the pump that makes it abdominal or chest. ...Read more

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Is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator removed in heart bypass surgery?

Is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator removed in heart bypass surgery?

No: The defib. Device is implatnted in the inner chambers of the heart and bypass is on the out side of the heart where the coronary arteries lie.Unless theres another reason to remove the device ie an infection the device is left in. ...Read more

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What can interfere with pacemakers and implantable defibrillators?

What  can interfere with pacemakers and implantable defibrillators?

Pacemakers: Strong magnetic fields such as those used in security metal detectors and magnetic fields produced by large electric motors can interfere with pacemaker and defibrillator function. They may not necessarily turn a device "off" but can interfere with its programming. With only rare exceptions, patients with these devices need to avoid MRI scanners. Patients with these devices can have ct scans. ...Read more

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