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A 68-year-old man was admitted to the hospital 4 months after HeartMate II ventricular assist device implantation, because his clinical status had deteriorated and his levels of lactate dehydrogenase and free hemoglobin had increased. Transthoracic echocardiography performed at admission revealed decreased basic diastolic continuous flow velocity with a… (More)
BACKGROUND Good anatomical compatibility is an important aspect in the development of cardiovascular implants. This work analyzes the interaction of the pump unit of an electrically driven pulsatile Total Artificial Heart (TAH) and the mediastinum. For an adequate compliance, both overall dimensions and alignment of inlets and outlets must be matched. … (More)
Beating heart surgery is still challenging and could be made safer using assisted circulation. We evaluated clinical outcome following beating heart myocardial revascularisation using the impella elect system with intracardial left ventricular (LV) and paracardial right ventricular (RV) microaxial pumps in eight patients. Clinical course was uneventful.… (More)
OBJECTIVES Owing to the lack of suitable allografts, the demand for long-term mechanical circulatory support in patients with biventricular end-stage heart failure is rising. Currently available Total Artificial Heart (TAH) systems consist of pump units with only limited durability, percutaneous tubes and bulky external equipment that limit the quality of… (More)
Despite downsizing, implantation technique of the 50-cm(3) SynCardia Total Artificial Heart and settings of the Companion driver remain unchanged. Owing to the absence of de-airing nipples, de-airing procedure is even more crucial and has to be performed carefully.
INTRODUCTION Elevated intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) has been identified as a cascade of pathophysiologic changes leading in end-organ failure due to decreasing compliance of the abdomen and the development of abdomen compartment syndrome (ACS). Spontaneous retroperitoneal hematoma (SRH) is a rare clinical entity seen almost exclusively in association with… (More)
We report the case of a 55 years old caucasian male patient with cardiogenic shock due to an extended myocardial infarction who underwent SynCardia Total Artificial Heart implantation and veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation with a bicaval dual-lumen cannula for the treatment of adult respiratory distress syndrome.