Who Can Benefit from a Left Ventricular Assist Device

NYU Langone’s left ventricular assist device (LVAD) team carefully evaluates people who have symptoms of advanced heart failure to determine if they are candidates for this lifesaving, heart-assisting device. Heart failure symptoms can include severe fatigue, shortness of breath with limited activity, and a frequent buildup of fluid in the body that has led to repeated hospitalizations.

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For people with advanced heart failure who are awaiting a heart transplant, an LVAD may be surgically implanted and remain in place for several years until a donor heart becomes available.

For people who are not candidates for a heart transplant, an LVAD can be permanently implanted, with the goal of extending a person’s life as well as improving quality of life. Reasons for ineligibility for a heart transplant can include other major health issues that may interfere with the success of a transplant.

An LVAD may not be recommended for people with major brain injuries, serious infections, severe kidney failure, or other life-threatening conditions.