Mechanical support of the circulation followed by cardiac transplantation.

  title={Mechanical support of the circulation followed by cardiac transplantation.},
  author={Jill Pennock and W S Pierce and David B. Campbell and Walter E. Pae and Daniel Davis and F A Hensley and Wayne E. Richenbacher and John A. Waldhausen},
  journal={The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery},
  volume={92 6},
Improvements in both mechanical circulatory support devices and immune therapy promise a wider use of sequential mechanical support as a bridge to orthotopic cardiac transplantation. The intra-aortic balloon pump, the left and right ventricular assist pumps, and the pneumatic artificial heart represent the range of devices capable of keeping a patient alive who is awaiting a donor organ. The major difficulty in using circulatory support devices is infection, which is caused by their required… CONTINUE READING

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