Complications from left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) increasingly account for Emergency Department visits. What are LVAD’s? They are a short-term, artificial, circulatory device which performs the function of a very poorly functioning heart. It is important to understand the myriad of complications that can arise and the general approach to patients with an LVAD. These two short videos by Dr. Rahul Patwari summarize these in a nutshell.
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