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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Some patients are put on Bivad mechanical support but they will never recover and the next stage of treatment is a heart transplant.
BiVADS: A bridge to the future for patients and their families: The art and science of nursing combined in the face of technology.
The mechanical support options for a patient with Fontan physiology include extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), biventricular assist device (biVAD) (which would necessitate bicaval cannulation or Fontan takedown) and single VAD support with fenestration closure or intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) (3-5).