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.
Not yet. No, now it's just a bridge to transplant, but someday maybe it will.
Maybe. But not in the foreseeable future. Currently it's used as a bridge to transplantation. It will need to undergo significant technological improvement before it's a substitute for transplantation and we hope that stem cells or genomic therapy may beat it to the punch.
No. Age is a significant risk factor for "routine" heart surgery as well ventricular assist devices. Age alone would not be a contraindications for wither procedure. Other associated health problems combined with age could make the risk of surgery too high for either procedure. Ventricular assist devices are indicated in advanced heart failure where "standard" heart operations are not beneficial. Read more...