Overall quality of life improves to similar levels after mechanical circulatory support regardless of severity of heart failure before implantation.

@article{Grady2014OverallQO,
  title={Overall quality of life improves to similar levels after mechanical circulatory support regardless of severity of heart failure before implantation.},
  author={Kathleen L. Grady and David C. Naftel and Lynne Warner Stevenson and Mary Amanda Dew and Gerdi Weidner and Francis D. Pagani and James K. Kirklin and Susan L Myers and Timothy Baldwin and James Young},
  journal={The Journal of heart and lung transplantation : the official publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation},
  year={2014},
  volume={33 4},
  pages={412-21}
}
BACKGROUND The severity of pre-implantation heart failure may affect post-implantation health-related quality of life (HRQOL). The purpose of our study was to examine differences in HRQOL from before mechanical circulatory support (MCS) through 1 year after surgery by Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (INTERMACS) patient profiles. METHODS Data from 1,559 adults with advanced heart failure who received primary continuous-flow pumps between June 23, 2006, and… CONTINUE READING