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BACKGROUND We have previously shown that a specific combination of drug therapy and left ventricular assist device unloading results in significant myocardial recovery, sufficient to allow pump removal, in two thirds of patients with dilated cardiomyopathy receiving a Heartmate I pulsatile device. However, this protocol has not been used with nonpulsatile(More)
BACKGROUND Longer term quality of life (QOL) outcome in patients who have had a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) explanted due to myocardial recovery (bridge to recovery, BTR) remains uncertain. This study evaluates the QOL of those patients and compares them to bridge-to-transplant (BTT) and transplanted (Tx) patients. METHODS Anonymized QOL Short(More)
BACKGROUND Significant aortic regurgitation (AR) after continuous-flow left ventricular assist device (cf-LVAD) placement affects device performance and patient outcomes. This study examined the development of AR and long-term results after implantation of cf-LVADs. METHODS The study included all patients with no or less than mild AR who underwent(More)
BACKGROUND Changes in myocardial blood flow (MBF) and coronary flow reserve (CFR) are independent prognostic risk factors in idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). The aim of this study was to assess the impact of left ventricular unloading using left ventricular assist device (LVAD) combination therapy on resting MBF and CFR in patients with end-stage(More)
BACKGROUND In patients with severe heart failure, prolonged unloading of the myocardium with the use of a left ventricular assist device has been reported to lead to myocardial recovery in small numbers of patients for varying periods of time. Increasing the frequency and durability of myocardial recovery could reduce or postpone the need for subsequent(More)
AIMS Patients treated with a Thoratec HeartMate II left ventricular assist device (LVAD) are supported at a fixed pump speed. It is uncertain whether pump speed has a significant effect on exercise capacity. We investigated the relationship between pump speed and exercise capacity and the influence of residual LV function METHODS AND RESULTS We exercised(More)
BACKGROUND Mechanical device failure can be life-threatening and is becoming increasingly important as left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are being used for longer periods as a bridge to transplantation (period lengthening due to donor shortage) or recovery, or as destination therapy. However, its incidence and clinical management have not been widely(More)
OBJECTIVES Partial-support left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) represent a novel strategy for heart failure treatment. The Synergy Pocket Micro-pump (HeartWare Inc, Framingham, Mass), the smallest surgically implanted long-term LVAD, provides partial flow up to 4.25 L/min and was primarily designed for "less sick" patients with severe heart failure.(More)
Electrophysiological and pharmacological data from the human heart are limited due to the absence of simple but representative experimental model systems of human myocardium. The aim of this study was to establish and characterise adult human myocardial slices from small patients' heart biopsies as a simple, reproducible and relevant preparation suitable(More)