Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)

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A left ventricular assist device or LVAD is a mechanical pump that is implanted inside a person’s chest to help a weakened heart to pump blood. The LVAD doesn’t replace the heart, it just helps it do its job. LVADs are often called a bridge to transplant.

LVADs may also be used as destination therapy. This means it is used as long-term in some terminally ill people whose condition makes it impossible for them to get a heart transplant.


  1. Is Impella an LVAD?

Impella is a kind of LVAD & is the world’s smallest mechanical cardiovascular support system.

  1. Is LVAD open heart surgery?

The procedure to implant a ventricular assist device (VAD) is an open-heart surgery & the procedure generally takes 4-6 hours.

  1. How long can LVAD provide support?

LVAD can provide support for at least 10 years.

  1. What is LVAD used for?

LVAD is used for patients who have reached end-stage heart failure.

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