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Can people who have received LVADs still be functionally active?

People who have received left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) can absolutely still be functionally active. In fact, one of the reasons people with end stage heart failure are encouraged to receive an LVAD is because they regain a quality of life. They become more functionally active, they're able to carry out activities that they would normally like to do, such as shopping and walking around comfortably, without having any symptoms.

Also, the data show very clearly that people who receive LVADs live longer compared to people who are treated medically. People can live longer with the devices, they can have an improved quality of life, and for the most part go out and carry out day-to-day activities of life without a problem.

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