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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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I need information on left ventricle assistance device lvad ?

I need information on left ventricle assistance device lvad ?

Info on LVADs: You should start with your primary care physician first, especially if you do not have a cardiologist. He or she can point you in the right direction for more info. Medscape has links to many articles aboud lvads many of which are understandable by non-medical persons. Your doctor can help explain articles you find as well. ...Read more

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What is the left ventricular assist device?

What is the left ventricular assist device?

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. ...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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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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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 is an abdominal left ventricular assist device used for?

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

Average 1 year: The average life expectancy is about 1 year. I have a patient live almost 4 years with the destination lvad. ...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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What is the average life expectancy after having a left ventricular assist device?

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, . ...Read more

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How dangerous is an ECG tracing- right nundle branch block septal wall ischemia for an 8 yo/ female child? She's having squeezing chestpain recently.

How dangerous is an ECG tracing- right nundle branch block septal wall ischemia for an 8 yo/ female child? She's having squeezing chestpain recently.

Possibly Dangerous: I am a pediatric cardiologist. I agree with the other answer--i would strongly recommend you take your child to see a pediatric cardiologist as soon as possible if you haven't already. The diagnosis of bundle branch block and ischemia is serious, but it depends where it is coming from. Machines are not good at interpreting pediatric ecgs. Again, please see a pediatric cardiologist asap. ...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?

Probably: The next generation of completely implantable lvads is not yet clinically widely available, so we don't know for sure yet. There will certainly be less infection from skin organisms transmitted through on the cables. However, there is still the chance that any bacteria that get in the bloodstream could infect the device since it is a foreign body. ...Read more

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Echo1.Old myocardial infraction (inferior+posterior+antero septal+apical) 2.Severe left ventricular systolic dysfunction. What medicine you prefer?

Echo1.Old myocardial infraction (inferior+posterior+antero septal+apical)
2.Severe left ventricular systolic dysfunction. What medicine you prefer?

A few: Assuming no medication side effects and normal vital signs in addition to no comorbidities that may play into this- daily aspirin, a beta blocker, statin and often an ace inhibitor. Each patient may need different things based on what else is going on. Have a conversation with your doc about it ...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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What is the typical survival of a patient with left ventricular assist device?

A few years: Much progress is happening in this area that enables improved longevity from a few months to possibly a few years --. ...Read more

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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 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