Advanced heart failure is a serious condition that occurs when the heart does not pump as well as it should. If advanced treatment becomes necessary, a left ventricular assist device, also known as an LVAD, can give a failing heart the help it needs.
At Sharp Memorial Hospital, more than 500 patients with advanced heart failure have received an LVAD — helping them live longer and better lives. We asked cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Walter Dembitsky to tell us how it works.
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