The use of the left ventricular assist device as a bridge to recovery represents a new phenomenon. This article focuses on bridge-to-recovery in the settings of myocarditis and dilated cardiomyopathy with a review of the hemodynamic, neurohormonal, physiologic, cellular, and molecular changes of recovery during left ventricular assist device support. Despite numerous markers of success, there is a disconnect from the limited clinical successes that are reviewed. The current status and future options to increase the chances of success are highlighted.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine