LVAD as destination therapy-the economic dilemma

  title={LVAD as destination therapy-the economic dilemma},
  author={Pamela Douglas and Courtney Morgan and Heather Lee and Kenneth R. Foster},
  journal={IEEE Technology and Society Magazine},
The artificial heart, after decades of development, remains a long way off as a practical remedy for people with failing hearts. But a related technology, the left ventricular assist device (LVAD), has passed major milestones in its development and is poised for widespread use. This technology, which is an offshoot of the artificial heart program, may well have greater impact on society than the artificial heart. It is time to consider its probable costs to society. A heart transplant is the… CONTINUE READING