Heart transplant vs left ventricular assist device in heart transplant-eligible patients.

@article{Williams2011HeartTV,
  title={Heart transplant vs left ventricular assist device in heart transplant-eligible patients.},
  author={Matthew Leighton Williams and Jaimin R. Trivedi and Kelly C McCants and Sumanth D. Prabhu and Emma J. Birks and L. Christine Oliver and Mark S. Slaughter},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={2011},
  volume={91 5},
  pages={1330-3; discussion 1333-4}
}
BACKGROUND Patients listed for heart transplant have a prolonged wait time, with continued deterioration, poor quality of life, and 10% mortality. Although recent bridge to transplant (BTT) studies demonstrated 1-year survival similar to heart transplantation, doubt remains about overall effectiveness as a treatment strategy compared with waiting and implanting a left ventricular device (LVAD) only as a last resort. We evaluated 1-year outcome and effectiveness of LVAD vs heart transplantation… CONTINUE READING
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