July 9, 2012

Perceived quality of life of children after successful bridging to heart transplantation


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Little information has been published on quality of life of children supported with mechanical circulatory support (MCS) (ECMO or VAD) with end stage heart failure. This paper examined the quality of life (QoL) scores, 3 years post transplant, in 84 children with cardiomyopathy. Of these children, 26 were bridged to transplant with mechanical circulatory support. Their study found that despite a greater severity of illness in those requiring MCS, there was no difference in quality of life measures when compared to those who did not require MCS at 3 years post transplant. This study did however identify that younger age of transplantation was associated with decrease QoL scores. This study highlights the lack of long term effects of MCS on QoL but also brings into question what the role MCS has on QoL while waiting for transplant or in the early period post transplant

Cardiac Transplantation

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