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.
Heart Disease and the Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)
WebMD explains how a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is used to treat heart disease.
Heart Failure and the LVAD
A left ventricular assist device -- also called an LVAD -- can help a heart weakened by heart failure.
Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) for Heart Failure-Topic Overview
A ventricular assist device (VAD),also known as a heart pump,is a mechanical device that helps pump blood from the heart to the rest of your body. See an illustration of a VAD. A VAD can be implanted in the chest or worn outside the body. If it is implanted,surgery is done to place it in the chest area. The pump part of the VAD is placed in a small space in your upper abdomen. Batteries ...
Diastolic Heart Failure-Topic Overview
Diastolic heart failure occurs when the lower left chamber (left ventricle) is not able to fill properly with blood during the diastolic (filling) phase. The amount of blood pumped out to the body is less than normal. What happens to the heart? Diastole is the phase of your heartbeat when your heart relaxes and fills with blood. Diastolic dysfunction means that your left ventricle cannot relax ...
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Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)
A ventricular assist device (VAD) is surgically placed inside the chest to pump blood that is normally pumped by the heart. In the above illustration for left - sided heart failure, blood is pulled from the left ventricle into the VAD, which pumps the blood to the aorta, where it is routed to the rest of the body. In a right - sided VAD, the tubes will be attached into your right ventricle and ...