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

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

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Liviu Klein
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Ventricular Assist Device (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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

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

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. ...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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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 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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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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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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I want to know what's the left ventricular assist device?

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. ...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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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 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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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 can be destination therapy and used as a long term 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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Why can't a ventricular assist device be around a cellphone on a train?

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. ...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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Who was the inventor of the ventricular assist device?

LAVD: It was invented in 1982 by paul winchell and also attributeed to robert jarvik jarvik and named as jarvik-7. ...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