Echocardiographic Evaluation of Hemodynamics in Patients With Systolic Heart Failure Supported by a Continuous-Flow LVAD.

@article{Estep2014EchocardiographicEO,
  title={Echocardiographic Evaluation of Hemodynamics in Patients With Systolic Heart Failure Supported by a Continuous-Flow LVAD.},
  author={Jerry D. Estep and Rey P. Vivo and Selim R. Krim and Andrea M. Cordero-Reyes and Barbara A Elias and Matthias M Loebe and Brian A. Bruckner and Arvind Bhimaraj and Barry H. Trachtenberg and Guha Ashrith and Guillermo Torre-Amione and Sherif F. Nagueh},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Cardiology},
  year={2014},
  volume={64 12},
  pages={1231-41}
}
BACKGROUND Hemodynamics assessment is important for detecting and treating post-implant residual heart failure, but its accuracy is unverified in patients with continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (CF-LVADs). OBJECTIVES We determined whether Doppler and 2-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography reliably assess hemodynamics in patients supported with CF-LVADs. METHODS Simultaneous echocardiography and right heart catheterization were prospectively performed in 50 consecutive… CONTINUE READING