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.
Diastolic Heart Failure: What Is It?
What is diastolic heart failure? Is there a cure? How can you make your life better if you have it?