Left Ventricular Assist Device | LVAD | Nucleus Health

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This video shows the normal function of the heart’s left ventricle, and how left-sided heart failure may affect it. The parts, placement, and function of an implantable left ventricular assist device (LVAD) are then shown for treatment of severe left-sided heart failure.



  1. Andreyya on February 12, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    I just remembered an emotional episode from Greys anatony when Izzie stevens cut her fiancés(denny duquette) LVAD out of desperation for him to immediately acquire the heart for his transplant. I cried that time and got carried away 😭

  2. VIKAS SINGH on February 12, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    The LVAD is getting input from the left ventricle and nowadays continuous flow blood pumps are widely used for this devices. As the pump is getting pulsatile blood input from the left ventricle, then how can it deliver the continuous blood to the aorta?

  3. Eugene Hird on February 12, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    My little brother who’s 37 just had one put in yesterday Oct 1 2019 and I’m just trying to find out everything I can learn about the unit.

  4. Diaa Ahmed on February 12, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    How much is this machine and where there is

  5. Emma Anderson on February 12, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    My mom is getting an LVAD installed on Tuesday. Super nervous but I know this is the best thing to do. If anyone has any advice on how to live life with this device please reply to my comment!!!

  6. SPCSHARKNADO 6170 on February 12, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Why don’t we all get this for both ventricles, then we wouldn’t have to worry about heart disease or anything.

  7. Hello, Hannah. on February 12, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    The topic of a lvad came up during a lecture, and my instructor said "yeah, there’s a question about that on your test." Then skipped to the next slide, without going to any more detail.

  8. Stevie swinehunt on February 12, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    forgive my ignorance but could you please answer a question would it ever. be offered or seem a good option to a cardiologist to perform this operation/ chance of a better life on a 89 year old man with end stage?

  9. Sarah Films on February 12, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    My dad had an l-vad put in last year. It keeps the left side of his heart pumping because it was stopping because of congestive heart failure. He puts in battery’s using a control on the outside of his body. He is currently in the hospital awaiting surgery. At 6am tomorrow morning he will be having s heart transplant. I am so stressed, I’m terrified

  10. Michael Thompson on February 12, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    izzie cut the lvad wires !!!

  11. Dana Romano on February 12, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    I really enjoy watching your videos. I am a nursing student so your videos explain procedures in such a way that I am able to know what my patients are going through.

  12. Cameron Clemente on February 12, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    Why Izzy why did you cut Denny’s LVAD wire😣

  13. Alireza Sharifi on February 12, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    There are several studies to advance these machines such as this one which is in early stages c-fund.us/nov

  14. Guido Ruiz on February 12, 2020 at 8:43 pm


  15. Milagros Sterner on February 12, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    0:27-0:55 why you didn’t make heart failure WITH that I love your video

  16. gridcaster on February 12, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    devices like this amaze me…only a short while ago there was basically nothing…no bypass…no transplant…nothing. science has come so far in only a generation’s time….i’m dumbfounded by imagining what will come in the future.

  17. Michael Thompson on February 12, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    izzie cut the lvad wires !!!

  18. Carl Jones on February 12, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    i had this in 2000 but it was lot bigger and round

  19. Donnie : eimaXe on February 12, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    How often from around the world that people needs this device, please? I really thank you for your time.

  20. ClashOfClans Informations on February 12, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    Your Videos makes me passed in our Board Exam (Doctor’s Masters Degree)

  21. Tiffaney Coletti on February 12, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    How might I get permission to embed this video in my academic presentation?

  22. Crippling Depression on February 12, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    i use lvad for sucking my testicles

  23. UNCLE ARTHUR's Magick on February 12, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    the main reason I watched this video is that on "Chicago Med " last night, a patient was brought in who had one of these. And being unfamiliar with this device, I was curious about them. I have a deep interest in medical procedures and advances, And very much enjoyed your video. Very instructional and interesting. Thank You!

  24. This is Patrick on February 12, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    99% of the people here are here because of Izzy Stevens

    You know who you are

  25. Eddie Craig on February 12, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    I had one put in march 2019 saved my life im only 29 god bless you all

  26. ScorpioQueen on February 12, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    My dad past away from Hear failure. He had an Lvad for 18 months, the medicines and fluidpills caused him kidney failure. Im in so much pain 🙁

  27. Toshira Pounds on February 12, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Thank you for the videos,because being the patient you really don’t know what you are going through.I say that because I’m a LVAD patient just had it done a month ago and I had to have double because it shifted which was done four days apart I want to thank the LVAD TEAM AT METHODIST CENTER MAIN HOSPITAL IN SAN ANTONIO I LOVE Y’ALL AND ALL THE RN AND LVN THAT TOOK CARE OF ME AND THE THERAPY TEAM AS WELL I ENCOURAGE ALL OF YOU TO NOT IGNORE THE SIGNS.I’M 42yrs old SO DON’T BELIEVE THAT"HEART AS A AGE TO IT"BECAUSE I HAD MY FIRST ONE AT 30AND IT WENT DOWN HILL AFTER THAT BUT GOD IS GOOD MY STORY CAN GO ON BECAUSE IT’S A LOT BUT I JUST WANTED TO SHARE BECAUSE I JUST SAY WHAT I HAD TO GO THROUGH SO THANKS AGAIN

  28. Kelli Dolphinlover on February 12, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    My Mom was told she needs one of these todays. I’m terrified for her. Happy as I think it will help but terrified just the same!

  29. Dinesh Raja on February 12, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    Good information and animation there! 😉

  30. SPCSHARKNADO 6170 on February 12, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    Imagine if the battery pack dies… you and the pump would die

  31. Robberto Pyne on February 12, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    What happen when there is no battery power, n all the store don’t have battery what do u do.

  32. Victoria Matthews on February 12, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    "Left ventricular assist devices provide lifesaving therapy to patients with advanced heart failure. However, implantation and continued use of these devices can lead to major medical and surgical complications. Infection, bleeding, thromboembolism and device malfunction are amongst the most common complications in patients with LVADs, however, there have also been reports of less common complications including bowel obstruction, pancreatitis, cholecystitis and abdominal wall defects [1, 2]. Many of these complications are thought to be related to issues with placement of the LVAD or driveline…"https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5963091/ …My husband had an LVAD and developed a bowel obstruction. Then, he had a heart transplant; eventually, he died of renal failure.

  33. Daniel Vasquez on February 12, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    i’m 16 with an lvad got it when i was 15

  34. Precious Loves Lopez on February 12, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    Just two weeks before this Christmas I was diagnosed with diastolic dysfunction and I’ve been having a hard time . Now my pressure is uncontrolled, I’m hardly ever out the house because I get weak as if I’m walking on noodles for legs, I’m no longer hungry much, I have extreme chest pain and palpitations and a overall feeling of sickness . If this surgery can save my life , i sure hope my doctor hurry his a** up!

  35. Francisco Anchondo on February 12, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Oouuu yeah is Amazing!

  36. Mike Kittykat on February 12, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Just recently Ive found out that I had Left Ventricular Hypertrophy. What should i do

  37. Elisabeth M on February 12, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Nice animation, thanks!

  38. leahrsullivan on February 12, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    Perfect explanation. I was watching grey’s anatomy and was curious. I want to be a doctor

  39. Keith Andres on February 12, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    I wonder how stem cells will help with this kind of symptom…

  40. TheGeckoNinja on February 12, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    wow that sucks, sudden loss of battery power, or accidently break the cords or something will kill you