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What is the typical survival of a patient with left ventricular assist device?

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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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 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 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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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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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 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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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 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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