August 17, 2012

Should Patients 60 Years and Older Undergo Bridge to Transplantation With Continuous-Flow Left Ventricular Assist Devices?


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The use of continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) as a bridge to transplantation (BTT) has become a common practice. In this single-centre retrospective analysis, the authors looked into outcomes of continuous-flow LVADs as BTT as compared to direct transplantation and inotrope as BTT in patients over the age of 60 years. Their findings suggest that patients over the age of 60 years may have lower short-term survival after heart transplant when BTT is carried out with a continuous-flow LVAD compared with inotropic agents or direct transplantation.

Cardiac Transplantation

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