Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVAD)
An LVAD is a battery-operated, mechanical pumping device surgically implanted to help the heart pump blood through the body. UVA was the first hospital in Virginia to implant LVADs in patients.
The LVAD helps Mark Wolf, a heart failure patient, while he waits for a heart transplant.
Watch Mark Wolf talk about how his LVAD manages his heart failure.
New Generation LVADs
At UVA, we use the newer generation LVAD, which is the smallest pump used in the United States. We use these LVADs in patients with end-stage heart failure. The devices can last for three to five years, and you can go home with these devices rather than stay in hospital.
LVADs also allow critically ill patients to undergo other procedures that they might otherwise be too sick to tolerate.
Medical restrictions and age may prevent many heart failure patients from receiving a heart transplant. But some heart failure patients may benefit from LVADs as a permanent transplant alternative.
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