Temporary left ventricular support aims to decompress the left ventricle and provide adequate forward flow into the arterial circulation. This can be accomplished with endovascular devices such as the Impella with an internal motor, or with the implementation of cannulae to drain the left ventricle or left atrium and then return to the arterial circulation using an external pump. In this report, the authors describe the transesophageal echocardiography–guided placement of a single-cannula system with the Protek Duo RD (TandemLife, LivaNova) via a left ventricular apical approach to provide minimally invasive left ventricular support in a high-risk Jehovah's Witness patient.
- Jehovah's Witness
- left ventricular assist device
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine