biventricular assist device

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biventricular assist device

Abbreviation: BiVAD
A device that helps both ventricles of the heart contract more effectively. It is used to treat heart failure by propelling blood out of the chambers of the heart.
See also: device
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9) Our patient, who survived for 12 months with a BiVAD and no immunosuppressive therapy, had intrinsic resolution of GCM, although she was left with severe myocardial fibrosis, intractable systolic heart failure, and persistent ventricular arrhythmias that would have been fatal without ongoing mechanical biventricular support.
Early physical therapy started on the second postoperative day after BIVAD transplantation resulted in significant increases in heart rate and respiratory rate immediately after the treatments, but decreased significantly within 5 minutes and approached pretreatment values indicating the safety of our intervention as a result of normal physiologic responses to physical activity.
Patients on full BiVAD support for heart recovery often require mobility and transport in order to provide a comprehensive assessment for a next stage of therapy," said Mark Anderson, M.