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Lvad (Left Ventricular Assist Device)

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is an LVAD?

An LVAD is a pump that is attached to your heart. It helps the heart pump more blood. The pump keeps taking blood from the left ventricle and moving it to the aorta. The aorta then pumps the blood that contains oxygen to your body.

What are the parts of an LVAD?

An LVAD has parts that are implanted in your body. These parts include the pump and the tube that carries the blood to your aorta. A cable comes through your skin from the pump. The cable is called a driveline and is connected to a controller and power sources. Power sources may include batteries or electricity. The driveline, the controller, and the power sources must always be connected to keep the pump running.

Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)

What do I need to know about LVAD implant surgery?

Your healthcare provider has recommended LVAD implant surgery because you are in late stages of heart failure and:

What will happen before LVAD implant surgery?

What will happen during surgery?

What will happen after surgery?

What are the risks of LVAD surgery?

You may bleed more than expected during surgery or within 14 days of surgery. You may develop a blood clot that could cause a stroke. You may get an infection at the surgery sites. Blood clots, bleeding, and infection can become life-threatening.

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