Posts Tagged ‘destination therapy’

September 10, 2013

Should Eligibility for Heart Transplantation Be a Requirement for Left Ventricular Assist Device Use? Recommendations Based on a Systematic Review


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This Canadian group has generated the first systematic review of the clinical and economic effects of continuous-flow LVADs in Bridge to Transplant (BTT) and Destination Therapy (DT) patients. They conclude that evidence is sufficient to support LVAD use, regardless of transplantation eligibility status, as long as patients are carefully selected and program infrastructure and budget […]

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September 19, 2012

Quality of Life and Left Ventricular Assist Device Support


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This thorough literature review describes current indicators of quality of life in ventricular assist device patients and addresses cognitive function, sleep disturbance, emotional distress, sexual activity and end of life issues. A “must read” for mechanical circulatory support team members.

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October 1, 2011

The use of the HeartWare HVAD for long-term right ventricular support after implantation of the HeartMate II device


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The field of mechanical circulatory support continues to explore new avenues for providing patients with appropriate combinations of short and long-term support.  This case report reviews the simultaneous use of a rotary flow device and centrifugal device in a currently rare combination to provide what was eventually determined to be long-term biventricular destination therapy.

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