RVAD DEFINITIONAn RVAD or right ventricle assist device is a mechanical device used to support patients whose right ventricle does not work as well due to heart disease or a recent heart surgery. Decreased heart function and blood flow are common in patients who have weakened hearts. The use of RVAD will help the right ventricle to pump blood to the pulmonary artery, which carries blood from the heart to the lungs.
RVAD PURPOSEAn RVAD is employed usually for short-term support in patients who have had heart surgeries. It is not as commonly used as the LVAD or the left ventricle assist device, which is used to support blood pumping from the left ventricle to the aorta. The aorta is the main artery, which performs an important duty of carrying oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the other parts of the body.
RVAD RISKSThere are a quite a number of risks that come with the use of RVAD, either for support during surgery or for use along with LVAD to provide optimum support for a patient’s heart function. It is important that all risks be discussed by your doctor before the use of RVAD is actually considered.
RVAD PREPARATION REQUIREDIf you are having a VAD implantation or ventricle assist device implantation, there are several preparations needed from your drug intake to your diet to your physical state. It is important that all those be discussed before the procedure so you do not run the risks for any complications.
RVAD PROCEDUREA VAD is usually implanted by a cardiac surgeon. You will be given general anesthesia so you will hardly be aware how the procedure goes. After the implantation, patients are usually required to stay at the intensive care unit or ICU for five days or less and spend the next two to eight weeks in a recovery room.
RVAD COMPLICATIONSThere are complications to using RVAD. All those will be discussed to you and your caregiver to understand what kind of care is needed once the implantation is done.
RVAD SIDE EFFECTSThe side effects of using RVAD usually comes with not being able to use and care for it properly. That’s why an education program is scheduled not just for the patients but also for their support unit to provide detailed information on how to keep them safe.
RVAD RESULTSThe results of using RVAD will depend on a lot of factors, including a patient’s physical condition before implantation among others.