Implantable left ventricular assist device for treatment of pulmonary hypertension in candidates for orthotopic heart transplantation-a preliminary study.

@article{Martin2004ImplantableLV,
  title={Implantable left ventricular assist device for treatment of pulmonary hypertension in candidates for orthotopic heart transplantation-a preliminary study.},
  author={Juergen Martin and Michael P. Siegenthaler and Ortwin Friesewinkel and Tina Fader and Andreas van de Loo and Georg Trummer and Michael Berchtold-Herz and Friedhelm Beyersdorf},
  journal={European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery},
  year={2004},
  volume={25 6},
  pages={971-7}
}
OBJECTIVES Elevated pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) unresponsive to pharmacological intervention is a major limitation in heart transplantation (HTX). The post-operative course of these patients is associated with an increased risk of life-threatening right heart failure. We evaluated the efficiency of an implantable left ventricular assist device (LVAD) to decrease PVR by unloading the left ventricle and to lower the risk of later orthotopic HTX. METHODS Six patients with end-stage heart… CONTINUE READING
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