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ventricular assist device

noun

Definition of ventricular assist device

  1. :  a device implanted in the chest or upper abdomen to assist a damaged or weakened heart in pumping blood



1970

First Known Use of ventricular assist device

1970


Medical Dictionary

ventricular assist device

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noun ventricular as·sist device \-ə-ˈsist-\

Medical Definition of ventricular assist device

  1. :  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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