ventricular assist device

noun

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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One suffered permanent renal damage and a weakened heart requiring a left ventricular assist device, his suit states. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "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 The device, called an LVAD or left ventricular assist device, is often recommended to patients who have reached a stage of advanced heart failure where their hearts can no longer pump enough blood to meet their body's demand. Maria Clark, NOLA.com, "'I am doing my life backwards,' says Baton Rouge woman diagnosed with heart failure at 22," 7 Feb. 2018 The recipient of this milestone heart was Tyler Wertz, a 23-year-old who was on a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) for the past 5 years. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Methodist Hospital reaches heart transplant milestone," 30 Jan. 2018

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ventricular assist device

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

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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