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What is a left ventricular assist device (LVAD)?

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A left ventricular assist device (LVAD or VAD) is a mechanical heart pump. It's placed inside a person's chest, where it helps the heart pump oxygen-rich blood throughout the body.

Unlike an artificial heart, the LVAD doesn't replace the heart. It just helps it do its job. This can mean the difference between life and death for a person whose heart needs a rest after open-heart surgery or is too weak to effectively pump on its own or who is waiting for a heart transplant.

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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