Comparison of results after heart transplantation: Mechanically supported versus nonsupported patients

R. Pifarre*, H. Sullivan, A. Montoya, M. Bakhos, J. Grieco, B. K. Foy, B. Blakeman, M. R. Costanzo-Nordin, R. Altergott, V. Lonchyna, D. Calandra, T. Hinkamp, K. L. Grady, L. Bartlett

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Between March 1984 and July 1990 our team transplanted 168 hearts. One hundred twelve patients did not require mechanical support (group I). Fifty- six patients required mechanical support (group II). Intraaortic balloon counterpulsation was used in 37 patients (66%). The total artificial heart (TAH) was used in 16 patients (29%), and the ventricular assist device (VAD) was used in three patients (5%). The time spent on the device ranged from 1 to 35 days. No statistical difference was noted on the survival between the two groups. The 30-day and 1-year survival rate was 95% (106 patients) and 71% (79 patients) in group I and 91% (51 patients) and 68% (38 patients) in group II. As of July 31, 1990, 70% in group I and 68% in group II are alive. No significant differences were found between the two groups for the following variables (after heart transplantation): length of stay, 30-day survival, 1-year survival, and complications. The only significant difference found between the two groups was the incidence of infections: group I, 23%; group II, 51.7% (p = 0.001). Mechanical support as a bridge to transplantation provides excellent support until a donor becomes available. No difference was found in the 30-day and 1-year survival between the two groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-239
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Issue number2 I
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Transplantation


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