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Is it possible to be too old for heart surgery but not too old for a ventricular assist device?

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Dr. Mark Slaughter
Surgery - Thoracic
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mark Slaughter
Dr. Mark Slaughter
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Dr. Daniel Engelman
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Doubtful

There are no strict age limits for any type of heart surgery.
It all depends upon the underlying disease and your overall health.

In brief: Doubtful

There are no strict age limits for any type of heart surgery.
It all depends upon the underlying disease and your overall health.
Dr. Daniel Engelman
Dr. Daniel Engelman
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