Cost-effectiveness analysis of continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices as destination therapy.

  title={Cost-effectiveness analysis of continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices as destination therapy.},
  author={J. G. Rogers and Robin R. Bostic and Kuo Bianchini Tong and Robert M. Adamson and Mark Russo and Mark S. Slaughter},
  journal={Circulation. Heart failure},
  volume={5 1},
BACKGROUND Continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have become the dominant devices for mechanical circulatory support, but their cost-effectiveness is undetermined. This study assessed the cost-effectiveness of continuous-flow devices for destination therapy versus optimal medical management in advanced heart failure and compared the results with previous estimates for pulsatile devices. METHODS AND RESULTS A Markov model was developed to assess cost-effectiveness. Survival… CONTINUE READING
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