Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) (cont.)

What Are the Risks of Getting an LVAD?

As with any surgery, there are risks involved. Your surgeon will discuss the risks of the procedure with you.

After surgery, there are other risks, including:

In studies, therapy with the permanent LVAD device doubled the one-year survival rate of patients with end-stage heart failure as compared with drug treatment alone. However, there were some risks, including infection, stroke, and bleeding.

Talk to your doctor to find out if a LVAD is right for you.

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Medically reviewed by Robert J. Bryg, MD; Board Certified Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Cardiovascular Disease


The Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute

Reviewed by Robert J Bryg, MD on September 15, 2009

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/21/2014

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