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Who might be a good candidate for a left ventricular assist device (LVAD)?

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To get an LVAD, your left ventricle has to be damaged enough to need the pump. Yet your body has to be healthy enough to undergo surgery.

An LVAD may be an option if you have heart failure and you:

  • Are waiting for a heart transplant
  • Will have heart surgery and your heart needs time to recover
  • Can't have a heart transplant

From: What Are LVADs for Heart Failure? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Devices and Surgical Procedures to Treat Heart Failure."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What are the Risks of a Ventricular Assist Device?" "What are the Signs and Symptoms of Heart Failure?" "What is a Ventricular Assist Device?" "What to Expect After Ventricular Assist Device Surgery," "Who Needs a Ventricular Assist Device?"

Stanford Health Care: "About the LVAD,"  "LVAD Frequently Asked Questions."

University of California, San Francisco: "FAQ: Living with a Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 2, 2019

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Devices and Surgical Procedures to Treat Heart Failure."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What are the Risks of a Ventricular Assist Device?" "What are the Signs and Symptoms of Heart Failure?" "What is a Ventricular Assist Device?" "What to Expect After Ventricular Assist Device Surgery," "Who Needs a Ventricular Assist Device?"

Stanford Health Care: "About the LVAD,"  "LVAD Frequently Asked Questions."

University of California, San Francisco: "FAQ: Living with a Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 2, 2019

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