LVAD / HVAD
LVAD or Left ventricular assist device 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.
Is Impella an LVAD?
Impella is a kind of LVAD & is the world’s smallest mechanical cardiovascular support system.
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.
How long can LVAD provide support?
LVAD can provide support for at least 10 years.