What is a LVAD? How does it work?
A left ventricular assist device (LVAD), also called a ventricular assist system or VAS, is a mechanical pump that is attached to the left ventricle of the heart to augment the function of the heart’s main pumping chamber. The left ventricle pumps blood from the heart to the rest of the body.
It is important to note that a LVAD is different from an artificial heart. An artificial heart replaces a failing heart completely, whereas a LVAD, such as the one pictures at left developed at Proven
Process, assists the heart to help pump more blood to the body with less work.
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