The risks that come along with the LVAD are blood clots, bleeding, infection, device malfunction and right heart failure. Right heart failure is when you have a LVAD placed, it leads to more blood being pumped from your left ventricle of your heart. Your heart is not used to this happening thus causing your right ventricle to become weak as it is trying to pump the same amount of blood the other side is pumping. This could then lead to the right part of your heart to fail. If this does happen critical medication attention is needed or an LVAD could be placed to support the right ventricle. Another potential risk is for an infection. Since the battery and the controls of the LVAD are connected through a wire outside your bod, there is a higher chance of germs getting stuck in the port. This could then lead to infections that are very severe. Another issue is in regards to bleeding. The LVAD is placed through an open heart surgery. Open heart surgery will increase the amount of bleeding during the time of your surgery and after. If you do take medication for blood thinning this can increase the risk of bleeding into the gastrointestinal tract and to the brain. Blood clots are another potential risk. Throughout your body as the blood is flowing through the LVAD, blood clots can be formed. Blood clots slow and or block the flow of your blood that flows towards your heart. This could either cause a heart attack, stroke or ultimately death. In addition to that, device malfunctions can happen within the LVAD. Your LVAD could stop working for many reasons. One of them could be that the pumping of the LVAD is not working properly, this then leads to not enough blood pumping through to your heart. Also, the battery of the LVAD could stop working or the other parts of the LVAD could stop functioning properly. All of these problems lead to immediate medical attention.