Left ventricular assist device as a bridge to recovery: Present status

Ganesh S. Kumpati, Patrick M. McCarthy, Katherine J. Hoercher

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Abstract

A new application for left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) is as a bridge to recovery. In the settings of myocarditis and dilated cardiomyopathy, LVAD support is accompanied by marked hemodynamic, neurohormonal, physiologic, cellular, and molecular changes indicative of recovery. Despite these changes, experience with clinical successes is limited. Further studies of topics such as the timing of LVAD implantation and explantation, adjunct medical and surgical therapy, and optimum LVAD weaning protocols might help improve the success of this promising technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)294-301
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Cardiac Surgery
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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