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Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Directory

A left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is a mechanical heart implant that helps a damaged heart pump blood to the body. The LVAD isn't a heart replacement, but rather it aids the heart. As with any surgery, there are risks involved, but the LVAD can be the difference between life and death for a heart failure patient whose heart is very weak. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how LVADs work, what happens during surgery, how long to expect for recovery, and much more.

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Heart failure patients have new hope with continuous-flow left ventricular-assist devices (LVADs) that can be used permanently, avoiding the need for a heart transplant.

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