Degree of cardiac fibrosis and hypertrophy at time of implantation predicts myocardial improvement during left ventricular assist device support.

@article{Bruckner2004DegreeOC,
  title={Degree of cardiac fibrosis and hypertrophy at time of implantation predicts myocardial improvement during left ventricular assist device support.},
  author={Brian A. Bruckner and Peter Razeghi and Sonny Stetson and Larry Thompson and J. Lafuente and Mark Entman and Matthias M Loebe and George Peter Noon and Heinrich Taegtmeyer and O. Howard Frazier and Keith A. Youker},
  journal={The Journal of heart and lung transplantation : the official publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation},
  year={2004},
  volume={23 1},
  pages={36-42}
}
BACKGROUND There have been increasing reports of cardiac improvement in heart failure patients supported by left ventricular assist devices (LVADs i.e.), including a number of patients who have tolerated removal of the device without the benefit of cardiac transplant. In the current study, we retrospectively investigated echocardiographic and histologic changes in patients supported by LVADs (n = 18). The goal of our study was to determine if the degree of cardiac fibrosis and myocyte size in… CONTINUE READING

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