Ventricular Assist Device Complications
Ventricular Assist Device Risk Factors
Alternate Names for Ventricular Assist Device:
Heart assist system implantation
If you are planning to have VAD implantation, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
- Blood clots
- Device failure
- Adverse reaction to the anesthesia
- Kidney, lung, or heart damage
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include having:
- A serious infectious disease
- Advanced disease of vital organs other than the heart
- Blood clotting disorder
Also, if you have a small stature, you may not be able to get a VAD. The device is bulky. Newer generation continuous flow devices, which are much smaller, are being studied.
Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the surgery.
Learn what the procedure is. Find out how it is performed.
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
Learn about possible complications and what might increase the risk of them.
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
Call Your Doctor
What to look out for and when to call your doctor after a procedure has been done.