Outcome of unplanned right ventricular assist device support for severe right heart failure after implantable left ventricular assist device insertion.

@article{Takeda2014OutcomeOU,
  title={Outcome of unplanned right ventricular assist device support for severe right heart failure after implantable left ventricular assist device insertion.},
  author={Koji Takeda and Yoshifumi Naka and Jonathan A Yang and Nir Uriel and Paolo Colombo and Ulrich P. Jorde and Hiroo Takayama},
  journal={The Journal of heart and lung transplantation : the official publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation},
  year={2014},
  volume={33 2},
  pages={141-8}
}
BACKGROUND The use of a right ventricular assist device (RVAD) becomes necessary for severe right ventricular (RV) failure after left ventricular assist device (LVAD) insertion. Although temporary support could lead to successful RVAD weaning in certain patients, the data remain scarce. METHODS We retrospectively reviewed 398 patients who underwent implantable LVAD insertion between January 2000 and December 2012. Of these patients, 44 (11%) required unplanned RVAD support due to severe RV… CONTINUE READING