Advances in cardiac science have proven to be a boon for patients suffering from end-stage heart disease. The good news is that an LVAD, or Left Ventricular Assist Device, is a lifesaver for patients who are waiting for a heart transplant. With advancements in science and technology, mechanical hearts have proven to be an excellent option for both heart failure patients and heart doctors. Raising awareness of such developments has the potential to save the lives of many patients. LAVD cost is very less compared to European and American countries while the level of care provided is on par with global standards.
What is Left Ventricular Assist Device (LAVD)?
A Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) is a mechanical pump that is implanted in patients who have advanced heart failure and are waiting for a heart transplant. This device is powered by a battery, and its mechanical pump aids in pumping blood to the patient's left chamber, ensuring proper blood flow in the body.
The LVAD is not the same as an artificial heart. The artificial heart completely replaces the failing heart, while the LVAD assists the heart in pumping so that the heart transplant can be performed successfully when the time comes. It transports blood from the left ventricle to the aorta, allowing oxygen-rich blood to flow throughout the body. You will be connected to the LVAD controller and power source after the LVAD is implanted. The device will continue to run with the help of the battery when you wake up and will charge while you sleep
How does Left Ventricular Device (LVAD) work?
The device is implanted near the left ventricle to circulate oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. When the heart is too weak to function normally, the mechanical pump is used in emergency situations.
Internal and external components make up the LVAD. The pump itself sits on or near your heart's left ventricle, with a tube attached that supplies blood to your aorta. A driveline cable runs from the pump through the skin and connects the pump to a controller and power sources that are worn outside the body.
To keep the pump running properly, the driveline must be connected to the controller and the controller must be powered at all times. Batteries or electricity are used to power the pump. Each device comes with its own carrying case, allowing you to move around freely.
How is LVAD Implanted?
A series of tests will be performed on the patient prior to the implantation of ventricular assist devices, or VADs, to determine heart function. An X-ray, echocardiogram, electrocardiogram, blood test, or cardiac catheterization is among the tests available.
This device is installed through open heart surgery. The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia, and you will be asleep throughout. This procedure takes between four and six hours to complete. Following surgery, the patient is transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). A respirator or breathing machine is used until the patient regains consciousness and is able to breathe on his own.
What happens if LVAD battery dies?
Battery is present outside the body and is rechargeable. It can be replaced anytime. Each LVAD is connected to two batteries.
What are the risk factors of LVAD?
Every surgery carries some level of risk. It is important that you obtain this information from your doctor before inserting this device. It is possible that patients will experience some issues after installing this device. However, this does not have to be the case. However, the following are some of its risk factors:
What are the benefits of LVAD implantation?
LVAD helps reduce the heart failure symptoms like shortness of breath, tiredness and excess fluid. It also helps improve the quality of life and gives greater life expectancy.
Why Aakash Healthcare for LVAD implantation?
Aakash Healthcare treats heart failure patients with cutting-edge technology and therapies. We are at the forefront of the most recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure as our team is involved in heart failure research. We have the most recent devices available, and our experts work with all types of devices.
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