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What are the risks of having a left ventricular assist device (LVAD)?

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As with any surgery, there are risks with having an LVAD implanted. They include:

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  • Infection
  • Internal bleeding
  • Heart failure
  • Mechanical breakdown of the LVAD
  • Stroke
  • Death

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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