Michael Berchtold-Herz

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INTRODUCTION Implantation of a ventricular assist device (VAD) is a seminal therapeutic option for patients with terminal cardiac failure. However, haemolysis remains a clinically relevant adverse effect of several VAD types. Lysed erythrocytes release lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and haemoglobin. Free haemoglobin in plasma is bound by haptoglobin with high(More)
OBJECTIVE Acquired Von Willebrand syndrome (AVWS) can contribute to bleeding complications in patients with ventricular assist devices (VADs). AVWS results from shear stress, which causes unfolding of the high-molecular-weight (HMW) multimers of Von Willebrand factor (VWF) with subsequent cleavage. Loss of the HMW multimers of VWF is the leading finding in(More)
BACKGROUND Due to a growing discrepancy between the transplant waiting list and decreasing numbers of available donor hearts, cardiac transplantation rates in Germany have been declining in the past years. Currently, patients on the waiting list are prioritized by medical urgency and waiting time and therefore a majority of all cardiac transplants is(More)
We report the case of a 76-year-old patient who developed chronic right heart failure 1 year after left ventricular assist device implantation due to ischemic cardiomyopathy. Initial recompensation was achieved through dobutamin, sildenafil, and levosimendan treatment. Yet, discharge was successful only after the off-label use of the oral calcium sensitizer(More)
There is currently no consensus regarding the dose or duration of rabbit antithymocyte globulin (rATG) induction in different types of heart transplant patients, or the timing and intensity of initial calcineurin inhibitor (CNI) therapy in rATG-treated individuals. Based on limited data and personal experience, the authors propose an approach to rATG dosing(More)
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