ventricular assist device

noun

: 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 Those with severe heart failure may consider a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), which helps pump blood throughout the body. Lambeth Hochwald, Health, 3 May 2024 On April 4, surgeons implanted the heart pump, a device called a left ventricular assist device or LVAD. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 24 Apr. 2024 The transplant surgery took place on April 12, eight days after the heart pump, called a left ventricular assist device, or LVAD, was implanted on April 4. Sara Moniuszko, CBS News, 24 Apr. 2024 The first, on April 4, involved the surgical insertion of a device called a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), which helps pump blood from the lower left heart chamber to the rest of the body. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 24 Apr. 2024 In the first, surgeons implanted the heart pump, a device called a left ventricular assist device, to replace the function of her failing heart. Emily Mullin, WIRED, 24 Apr. 2024 As Jamie Mahaffey awaits a life-saving donation, a GoFundMe page has been established to help with the costs with his left ventricular assist device (LVAD) as well as his ongoing wait for a heart transplant. The Enquirer, 19 Jan. 2024 Known as a left ventricular assist device, the HeartMate 3 helps the main pumping chamber of the heart pump blood to the rest of the body. Daniel Chang, CBS News, 18 Dec. 2023 Just for subscribers: A man's heart one of few to improve with left ventricular assist device. USA TODAY, 11 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ventricular assist device was in 1970

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“Ventricular assist device.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ventricular%20assist%20device. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

ventricular assist device

noun
ventricular as·​sist device -ə-ˈsist- How to pronounce ventricular assist device (audio)
: 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

called also VAD

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