Implantable left ventricular assist devices.

  title={Implantable left ventricular assist devices.},
  author={Julie A. Shinn},
  journal={The Journal of cardiovascular nursing},
  volume={20 5 Suppl},
The first bridge to transplant with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) was preformed over 20 years ago. Since that time, the devices have continued to evolve and now patients are being supported with devices as an alternative to transplantation. The primary indication of end-stage heart failure remains the same but increased knowledge about patient selection, the timing of implant, and patient management have contributed to improved outcomes with decreasing adverse events. Multiorgan… CONTINUE READING
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