ventricular assist device


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

called also VAD

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Recent Examples on the Web For five years, Vreeman relied on an LVAD — a left ventricular assist device — to pump his failing heart until a more permanent solution was available. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "A new heart gives ASAA administrator Isaiah Vreeman new freedom and new hope," 17 May 2020 The transplant program has also successfully implanted three ventricular assist devices -- electromechanical heart pumps -- without complications in the last year, according to OHSU. oregonlive, "OHSU Hospital performs Oregon’s first heart transplant in two years," 10 Apr. 2020 Black patients were more likely to be prescribed ventricular assist devices, pumps that helps blood flow, than heart transplants, especially if their health care provider was over 40. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "Study finds racial bias may affects decisions on heart transplant recipients," 11 Nov. 2019 After a heart attack, Young received a mechanical pump, known as a left ventricular assist device, or LVAD, in 2014, according to his sister and medical records. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, "“It’s Very Unethical”: Audio Shows Hospital Kept Vegetative Patient on Life Support to Boost Survival Rates," 3 Oct. 2019 Hospital staff told the Hogans that Morgan would pick up where Frazier left off with his plans for a ventricular assist device, Georgeann Hogan said. Mike Hixenbaugh/houston Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, "As wait for new heart got longer, patient grew sicker," 15 May 2018 One suffered permanent renal damage and a weakened heart requiring a left ventricular assist device, his suit states. Ron Hurtibise,, "More lawsuits filed against South Florida drug maker accused of selling contaminated medicines," 29 June 2018 In 2015 doctors at the University of North Carolina Medical Center performed open heart surgery and implanted a left ventricular assist device. Cassie Cope And Lauren Horsch, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte Rep. Carney announces breast cancer diagnosis. 'It is not a death sentence.'," 13 June 2018 There have been conflicting reports of the longest ECMO run overall in pediatrics, but at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, a pediatric burn patient spent 551 days in between ECMO and using a ventricular assist device, possibly setting a record. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Teen walks while on life support: 'It was one step closer to getting home'," 21 Mar. 2018

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“Ventricular assist device.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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ventricular assist device

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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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