Posts Tagged ‘LVAD’

January 28, 2013

Statement Regarding the Pre and Post Market Assessment of Durable, Implantable Ventricular Assist Devices in the United States: Executive Summary: Endorsed by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, American Heart Association, Heart Failure Society of America, International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, and the Interagency Registry of Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support.


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A panel of experts convened to discuss topics relevant to promoting an environment of safe and effective introduction of new technologies for mechanical cirulatory support. The focus of this Statement Paper includes : (1) innovative clinical trial designs; (2) the need for a new encompassing indication for therapy to facilitate device evaluation and reduce disparities […]

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January 28, 2013

Statement Regarding the Pre and Post Market Assessment of Durable, Implantable Ventricular Assist Devices in the United States: Executive Summary: Endorsed by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, American Heart Association, Heart Failure Society of America, International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, and the Interagency Registry of Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support.


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A panel of experts convened to discuss topics relevant to promoting an environment of safe and effective introduction of new technologies for mechanical cirulatory support. The focus of this Statement Paper includes : (1) innovative clinical trial designs; (2) the need for a new encompassing indication for therapy to facilitate device evaluation and reduce disparities […]

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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 […]

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July 9, 2012

Should women receive left ventricular assist device support?: findings from INTERMACS


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As our knowledge in cardiovascular disease broadens, some differences between the sexes have become apparent. This retrospective analysis of the INTERMACS showed no significant sex differences in all-cause mortality, first infection, bleeding events, or device malfunction with either pulsatile- or continuous-flow LVADs. The authors found that women had an increased risk of first neurological event […]

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April 14, 2012

Survival benefit of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators in left ventricular assist device-supported heart failure patients.


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Several studies have shown significant rates of ventricular tachyarrhythmia events while on VAD support, ranging from 22% -52%.  This single center study noted the mean time to first shock after LVAD implant was 129 ± 109 days, the LVAD cohort was more likely to have an appropriate ICD before LVAD implant than after and a survival […]

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