What is an LVAD?
An LVAD is referred to as a "Left Ventricular Assist Device". This mechanical device is used
to help circulate blood throughout the body when the heart becomes to weak to pump enough
blood to meet your body's needs. There are three different circumstances a LVAD is used for:
- Bridge to Transplant - An LVAD is implanted in a patient waiting for a Heart Transplant
and may remain in place for several years and help improve their quality of life until a
a heart donor becomes available.
- Destination Therapy - Destination therapy is used when an LVAD is implanted as a
permanent solution due to age or various medical reason's that make he or she not
eligible for a Heart Transplant. The value of life an LVAD offers continues to improve.
- Bridge to Recovery - In rare occasions, and LVAD may be implanted for temporary
heart failure relief. While rare, in some cases the LVAD allows the heart to rest and
recover its strength.