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

Examples of ventricular assist device in a Sentence

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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 15 May 2018 One suffered permanent renal damage and a weakened heart requiring a left ventricular assist device, his suit states. Ron Hurtibise,, 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, 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, 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of ventricular assist device

1970, in the meaning defined above

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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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