What is Left Ventricular Assist Device?

Category: Equipment


The left ventricle is the large, muscular chamber of the heart that pumps blood out to the body. A left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is a battery-operated, mechanical pump-type device that's surgically implanted. It helps maintain the pumping ability of a heart that can't effectively work alone.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Support heart health 2 0
Congestive heart failure 1 1
Coronary artery disease 1 0
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 1 1

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 0
Mild 1
None 0

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Left Ventricular Assist Device

Side effect Patients
Blood clot 1
Infection of left ventricular assist device (LVAD) site 1
Ischemia stroke 1

Why patients stopped taking Left Ventricular Assist Device

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 1
Other 1
See all 2 patients who've stopped using Left Ventricular Assist Device


Stopped using Left Ventricular Assist Device

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 2
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 1
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 1
Not specified 1
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There are no evaluations for Left Ventricular Assist Device.