Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are mechanical heart pumps used to support a failing heart in patients with advanced heart failure. LVAD technology has been under development for many years, and continues to improve. Earlier LVADs were large, loud and hospital-based. Patients couldn't go home. Today’s LVADs are smaller, more user-friendly, more durable, and designed to grant patients more independence with better quality of life. Choose a category above to learn more about LVADs used today.