Overdrive pacing suppresses ectopy and minimizes left ventricular assist device suction events.

@article{Ambardekar2009OverdrivePS,
  title={Overdrive pacing suppresses ectopy and minimizes left ventricular assist device suction events.},
  author={Amrut V Ambardekar and Brian D. Lowes and Joseph Cleveland and Andreas A Brieke},
  journal={Circulation. Heart failure},
  year={2009},
  volume={2 5},
  pages={516-7}
}
A 20-year-old man with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy underwent placement of a HeartMate II (Thoratec Corporation, Pleasanton, Calif) axial-flow left ventricular assist device (LVAD) as a bridge to cardiac transplant. The immediate postoperative phase was without complications. The LVAD was initially set at 8500 rpm. Under echocardiography guidance, a ramp-up study was performed to optimize the LVAD settings for the patient. At 10 000 rpm, the LVAD generated a flow of 5.0 to 5.5 L/min. Over… CONTINUE READING