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What is the average life expectancy after having a left ventricular assist device?
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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Surgery - Thoracic
In brief: 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, .

In brief: 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, .
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