A Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) is a mechanical pump that is surgically inserted to assist the left ventricle in pumping blood to the body. In this episode you’ll learn what an LVAD is, how it works and the basics for caring for patients with ventricular assist devices.

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Important links:
Demo video of obtaining a MAP using a Doppler.

Right-Sided vs Left-Sided Heart Failure: Episode 57.

UCSF guide about living with a VAD.

Read the episode transcript and see references here.

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