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What are benefits of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD)?

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An LVAD restores normal blood flow to a person whose heart has been weakened by heart disease. This relieves symptoms such as being constantly tired or short of breath. And sometimes it lets the heart recover normal function by giving it a chance to rest.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Implantable Medical Devices."

HeartFailure.org: "Left Ventricular Assist Device."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on February 12, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Implantable Medical Devices."

HeartFailure.org: "Left Ventricular Assist Device."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on February 12, 2018

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