"Left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) are implantable heart pumps that were created to temporarily support patients with advanced heart failure as the bridge between diagnoses and transplant. However, with new scientific advancements, LVADs are becoming a long-term tool for improving heart function without transplant.
The right ventricle pumps blood to the lungs, but the left ventricle is responsible for pumping blood to the rest of the entire body, making it much more susceptible to failure. Therefore, LVADs have been the focus of most modern research to prolong and improve life saving implants."
Mechanical circulatory support: well, Pr. Daniel Loisance, a French cardiac surgeon, asked in November 2004 if we were ready for this major shift of paradigm: from heart transplant to mechanical circulatory support (LVADs)... Answer comes 10 years later with this Forbes article...
An Engineering Feat Gives Hearts Extra Life - Forbes http://t.co/n3rB8VWTgz
— Dale Yuzuki (@DaleYuzuki) February 18, 2014
Assistance circulatoire : bilan et perspectives Pr Daniel LOISANCE http://t.co/sGcNCTshDd http://t.co/sGcNCTKqRl
— CATHERINE COSTE (@cathcoste) February 18, 2014