Information for the public

Medical terms explained

Medical terms explained

Heart–lung machine
Also known as cardiopulmonary bypass, this device temporarily takes over from your heart and lungs during surgery, keeping oxygen and blood flowing through your body.

Left ventricular assist device
Sometimes shortened to LVAD, this is a mechanical device that helps the heart to pump blood around your body.

A small device that is implanted into the chest which sends regular electrical pulses to keep your heart beating regularly.

  • Information Standard