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What is the left ventricular assist device?
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Dr. Samuel Hahn
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Samuel Hahn
Dr. Samuel Hahn
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Dr. ALADIN MARIANO
Surgery - Thoracic
In brief: As the name implies
It is a device that assist the lv.
It does so by relieving "work" or stress on the lv. The principle is for the blood going to the lv be diverted to a "pump" which then functions as a substitute lv to pump the blood back to circulate. Your natural lv then gets a rest as a substitute pump is doing the "work". The pump can be in or outside your body.

In brief: As the name implies
It is a device that assist the lv.
It does so by relieving "work" or stress on the lv. The principle is for the blood going to the lv be diverted to a "pump" which then functions as a substitute lv to pump the blood back to circulate. Your natural lv then gets a rest as a substitute pump is doing the "work". The pump can be in or outside your body.
Dr. ALADIN MARIANO
Dr. ALADIN MARIANO
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