Late right heart failure during support with continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices adversely affects post-transplant outcome.

@article{Takeda2015LateRH,
  title={Late right heart failure during support with continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices adversely affects post-transplant outcome.},
  author={Koji Takeda and Hiroo Takayama and Paolo Colombo and Ulrich P. Jorde and Melana Yuzefpolskaya and Shinichi Fukuhara and Donna M. Mancini and Yoshifumi Naka},
  journal={The Journal of heart and lung transplantation : the official publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation},
  year={2015},
  volume={34 5},
  pages={667-74}
}
BACKGROUND Right heart failure (RHF) is an unresolved issue during continuous-flow left ventricular assist device (LVAD) support. Little is known about post-transplant outcomes in patients complicated by late RHF during LVAD support. METHODS Between May 2004 and December 2013, 141 patients underwent cardiac transplantation after isolated LVAD bridging at our center. Late RHF was defined as heart failure requiring medical intervention >4 weeks after LVAD implantation. RESULTS The patients… CONTINUE READING
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