For people with end-stage heart failure, an LVAD (left ventricular assist device) can literally be a lifesaver. Thanks to the support provided by an LVAD, people are able to live fuller, healthier lives and enjoy several benefits from the device.
1. Improved Quality of Life
With heart failure, the heart is unable to keep up with the body’s physiological demands. As a result, people with end-stage heart failure often experience debilitating fatigue, shortness of breath and fluid retention. Understandably, these symptoms can significantly impact daily life.
An LVAD is an implantable mechanical device that assists the heart in pumping blood, which relieves people of the crippling symptoms and enables them to enjoy a much greater quality of life. After receiving an LVAD, some people with heart failure may even return to work depending upon the demands of their job.
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2. Greater Strength
Because an LVAD provides vital support for heart functions, it can improve the strength of a person with heart failure. For some people, living with an LVAD may enable them to participate in a cardiac rehabilitation program, which can further improve their strength.
3. Improved Organ Function
Heart failure can take a devastating toll on the body’s organs, because the heart has a diminished capacity to pump sufficient blood. As a result, the brain, liver, kidneys and other organs don’t function as well as they should. An LVAD can improve organ function and vitality by helping the heart to pump much-need blood to these organs.