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

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Dr. Kevin Lingle
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Kevin Lingle
Dr. Kevin Lingle
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Very complicated

The one month survival is 99% there is a 6% complication rate.
Beyond one month, stable patients tend to remain stable. The longer the lvad is in place, the greater the risk is, of course, of complications.

In brief: Very complicated

The one month survival is 99% there is a 6% complication rate.
Beyond one month, stable patients tend to remain stable. The longer the lvad is in place, the greater the risk is, of course, of complications.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Dr. Bennett Werner
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