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What is the use of a left ventricular assist device (lvad)?

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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Advanced CHF

Typically and lvad has been used in the setting of a patient with advanced congestive heart failure (CHF) where the patient is being listed for or is awaiting a heart transplantation.
More recently, lvad's have been approved as destination therapy. On occasion we see patients who recover from their CHF through the use of an lvad, but that is not very common. There are multiple lvad types now.

In brief: Advanced CHF

Typically and lvad has been used in the setting of a patient with advanced congestive heart failure (CHF) where the patient is being listed for or is awaiting a heart transplantation.
More recently, lvad's have been approved as destination therapy. On occasion we see patients who recover from their CHF through the use of an lvad, but that is not very common. There are multiple lvad types now.
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Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Heart pumps

Lvad (left ventricle assist device) are implanted pumps powered by an external battery that assist the left side of the heart to pump blood.
It is implanted in patients with severe heart failure in whom medications alone are not enough ( such as our former vp dick cheney).

In brief: Heart pumps

Lvad (left ventricle assist device) are implanted pumps powered by an external battery that assist the left side of the heart to pump blood.
It is implanted in patients with severe heart failure in whom medications alone are not enough ( such as our former vp dick cheney).
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Dr. Liviu Klein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: End stage heart fail

Lvads are used for end stage heart failure either as bridge to transplant or as destination therapy for those who are not candidates for transplantation.

In brief: End stage heart fail

Lvads are used for end stage heart failure either as bridge to transplant or as destination therapy for those who are not candidates for transplantation.
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