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

First Known Use of ventricular assist device

1970


Medical Dictionary

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. AltmanThe New York Times20 Nov. 2001
called also VAD

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