Contemporary use of ventricular assist devices.

  title={Contemporary use of ventricular assist devices.},
  author={Cesare M N Terracciano and Leslie W. Miller and Magdi Habib Yacoub},
  journal={Annual review of medicine},
The introduction of the heart lung machine more than 50 years ago proved in principle that heart function can be replaced, albeit for short periods. This was followed by attempts to produce total or partial artificial hearts that could function for prolonged periods of time. Progress in this field has been intermittent but has accelerated considerably in the past 10 years, with ventricular assist devices (VADs) reaching an impressive degree of sophistication and complexity owing to the… CONTINUE READING

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