Inhaled nitric oxide plus iloprost in the setting of post-left assist device right heart dysfunction.

@article{Antoniou2012InhaledNO,
  title={Inhaled nitric oxide plus iloprost in the setting of post-left assist device right heart dysfunction.},
  author={Theophani Antoniou and Christos Prokakis and Georgios Athanasopoulos and Apostolos Thanopoulos and Panagiota Rellia and Dimitrios A Zarkalis and Nektarios E Kogerakis and Efstratios N. Koletsis and Andreas Bairaktaris},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={2012},
  volume={94 3},
  pages={792-8}
}
BACKGROUND Pulmonary hypertension and right ventricular (RV) dysfunction may complicate the implantation of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD). We examined whether inhaled vasodilators can sufficiently reduce RV afterload, avoiding the need for temporary RV mechanical support. METHODS The study includes 7 patients with RV dysfunction after LVAD insertion. Treatment consisted of inotropes, inhaled nitric oxide (10 ppm), and iloprost (10 μg) in repeated doses. Full hemodynamic profile was… CONTINUE READING

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