ventricular assist device
Definition of ventricular assist device
: a device implanted in the chest or upper abdomen to assist a damaged or weakened heart in pumping blood
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Medical Definition of ventricular assist device
: a device that is implanted in the chest or upper abdomen to assist the left or right ventricle in pumping blood in a damaged or weakened heart <Researchers found that pumps known as ventricular assist devices, which are implanted without removing the patient's heart, were superior to drug therapy among the sickest patients.—Lawrence K. Altman, The New York Times, 20 Nov. 2001>—called also VAD
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