Mechanical Circulatory Support (LVAD)

Mechanical Circulatory Support (LVAD)

What is an LVAD?

A left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is a pump that we use for patients who have reached end-stage heart failure. We surgically implant the LVAD, a battery-operated, mechanical pump, which then helps the left ventricle (main pumping chamber of the heart) pump blood to the rest of the body. LVADs can be used as:

  • Bridge-to-transplant therapy: This is a life-saving therapy for patients awaiting a heart transplant. Patients use the LVAD until a heart becomes available. In some cases, the LVAD is able to restore the failing heart, eliminating the need for a transplant. Learn more about heart transplant.
  • Destination therapy: Some patients are not candidates for heart transplants. In this case, patients can receive long-term treatment using an LVAD, which can prolong and improve patients' lives.

LVAD (left ventricular assist device)

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The HeartAssist is CE marked in Europe for patients awaiting transplant or for patients that will receive the tiny pump as a permanent flow assist. In the United States, the HeartAssist5® has been approved by the FDA for a Bridge to Transplant Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) trial.

LVAD program : Why choose us?

For patients with end stage heart failure, our LVAD program offers hope. We are one of the most experienced LVAD clinics in the region, features of our care include:

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  • Experience
  • Latest treatments: Our involvement in heart failure research means we are at the forefront of the latest advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure. We have the newest devices available today and our experts work with every type of device.
  • High volume:  We treat the highest volume of patients in the in India that require this form of therapy in the country,giving us a superior level of experience and expertise.

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LVAD implantation: What to expect

We will first determine what type of LVAD patient you are: either bridge-to-transplant or destination therapy. This designation may change depending on your health. Learn more about what to expect during LVAD implantation, including pre-operative instructions, your recovery and follow up.

About the LVAD device

The job of the LVAD is to help your weakened left ventricle pump blood. Unlike in the past, LVAD devices are now portable. This means you can return home with the LVAD and continue your normal activities while waiting for a heart to become available. In order to receive an LVAD, we need to perform a number of tests to determine that you are a good candidate for the device.

Learn more about the LVAD device and the LVAD evaluation process.

Complications from an LVAD

Like with any heart device, there can be complications. We monitor you closely to prevent and manage any complications related to the device. Learn more about complications from an LVAD.

LVAD: Frequently asked questions

Find out answers to some frequently asked questions, including:

  • Who can get an LVAD?
  • How will my medications changed after an LVAD procedure?
  • What is life like after a VAD implantation?

If you have reached a stage of advanced heart failure where your heart is no longer able to pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs, your doctor may recommend LVAD (left ventricular assist device) implant surgery. Today’s LVADs are used in three different ways:

  • When an LVAD is implanted in a patient waiting for a heart transplant, it’s called 'Bridge to Transplant'. The patient’s LVAD may remain in place for several years until a heart donor becomes available for transplant.
  • If a patient is not eligible for a heart transplant, an LVAD may be implanted as a permanent solution. This is called 'Destination Therapy' and is becoming more and more common as LVAD technology—and the quality of life it offers—continues to improve.
  • An LVAD that is implanted for temporary heart failure is called 'Bridge to Recovery'. In rare circumstances, a heart may recover its strength after being given time to “rest” with the help of an LVAD. In the vast majority of cases, however, advanced heart failure is a permanent and irreversible condition.

If your doctor has recommended an LVAD for you, you may find it reassuring to know that there are thousands of people around the world with LVADs living active, productive lives. They are spending time with friends and family and doing the things they love. You can meet some of these people right now by visiting sites that quote their experience  or reading our patient stories.

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