Bridge to recovery and weaning protocols.

  title={Bridge to recovery and weaning protocols.},
  author={Michael B Ibrahim and Magdi Habib Yacoub},
  journal={Heart failure clinics},
  volume={10 1 Suppl},
The discovery of substantial myocardial improvement following the mechanical unloading afforded by left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy challenged the dogma of heart failure being irreversible. Since then, a significant experience with the use of LVAD therapy as a bridge to recovery has accumulated. The discovery of substantial structural and functional changes (reverse remodeling) in the myocardium has resulted in an intensive effort to define the biologic determinants of the… CONTINUE READING

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