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

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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