January 28, 2013

Morbidity and Mortality in Heart Transplant Candidates Supported with Mechanical Circulatory Support. Is Reappraisal of the Current UNOS Thoracic Organ Allocation Policy Justified?


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Within the cardiac transplant community there has been much discussion regarding the evolution in technology of mechanical circulatory support and the impact on organ allocation. This article published in Circulation suggests transplant candidates supported with contemporary continuous flow LVADs have favorable waiting list outcomes. In contrast
outcomes worsen significantly once a serious LVAD-related complication occurs. Transplant candidates requiring temporary and biventricular support have the highest risk of adverse outcomes.

Cardiac Transplantation

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