University of Minnesota cardiac surgeon Ranjit John and heart patient Chris Lower discuss LVAD surgery, a potentially life-saving procedure for those with advanced heart failure.
On Thursday the U of M will be hosting LVAD day to educate fairgoers about heart health. LVAD stands for left ventricular assist device, which is an implant used in 3 ways:
If you've reached a stage of advanced heart failure where your heart is no longer able to pump enough blood to meet your body's needs, the implant can:
1. Be used in a patient awaiting a heart transplant2. Be used in place of a heart transplant3. Be used for temporary heart failure, allowing the ailing heart to rest and recover its strength
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