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Heart Failure: Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)

Patients with advanced heart failure whose medicines are no longer working may need to consider a major heart surgery. However, many patients wait long for a heart transplant, while other patients are not eligible to get a transplant.

For these patients, the left ventricular assist device (LVAD) may be offered as therapy for their heart failure. The LVAD is a mechanical device that helps the heart do its job of pumping blood.

Use this booklet (in PDF format) and video decision aid to help you learn more about LVADs and understand the options. These can be used to help have a discussion with doctors and loved ones.

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Infographic: Heart Failure