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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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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?

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?

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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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 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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