Do people with LVADs always go on to receive heart transplants?

People with left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) do not always go on to receive heart transplants. When a person has end stage heart failure, the doctor determines whether the person might be a candidate for a heart transplant.  If the person is deemed to be a potential candidate for a transplant, then an LVAD may be placed as a bridge until the person is capable of getting the transplant.

Other people, for different reasons, may be candidates for LVADs and have what is known as destination therapy, meaning they have the LVAD implanted and then go ahead and just live with that device afterwards. Reasons they may not qualify for heart transplant include that they're older and they don't meet the age cutoff, or they have other underlying medical problems that prevent them from getting a transplant, such as a history of cancer within the last few years.

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