An LVAD works to restore normal blood flow to patients whose hearts have been weakened by heart disease. This helps to relieve physical symptoms of a weak heart such as constant fatigue or shortness of breath, thereby significantly improving the quality of life. In some cases such as viral infections of the heart muscle, it can also allow the heart to regain normal function by providing it a chance to rest and recover.
Some patients with other significant illnesses who are not eligible for heart transplantation may also be suitable for and benefit from the use of a permanent LVAD. Known as "destination therapy", this long-term support option is an alternative to receiving a heart transplant, and can make a life-saving difference for patients whose hearts are too weak to pump blood on their own. Landmark studies published have shown that permanent LVAD-assisted therapy can double the survival rate of patients with end-stage heart failure at one year and even at two years, in comparison to treatment without the use of an LVAD.
Gleneagles Hospital's established team of highly specialised cardiac surgeons and cardiologists, supported by our strong multi-disciplinary team of medical specialists, nurses and therapists, will guide you with professionalism and care through the entire process from surgery to recovery and back to independence. Rest assured that we willdo all we can to create a successful outcome for our patients.