The HVAD™ System will work by continuously spinning blood from the weak part of the heart, through the device, out to the aorta, and the rest of the body. There is a small impeller located inside the VAD that helps with this spinning motion. The pump is always connected to a controller and a power source that keeps the VAD spinning. Because the continuous flow device bypasses the weakened heart chamber, you may not be able to feel your pulse.
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While VADs have been shown to help many patients, living with a VAD has its challenges. VAD patients must:
Learning about your VAD is an important part of getting you discharged and keeping you safe. Watch this video to learn more about how your device works:
Your care team will provide you with more in-depth training to prepare for the VAD quiz that you and your caregivers must complete before leaving the hospital.