Predicting right ventricular failure in the modern, continuous flow left ventricular assist device era.

@article{Atluri2013PredictingRV,
  title={Predicting right ventricular failure in the modern, continuous flow left ventricular assist device era.},
  author={Pavan Atluri and Andrew Goldstone and Alex S Fairman and John MacArthur and Yasuhiro Shudo and Jeffrey E. Cohen and Alexandra L Acker and William Hiesinger and Jessica L.L. Howard and Michael A. Acker and Yiping Joseph Woo},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={2013},
  volume={96 3},
  pages={857-63; discussion 863-4}
}
BACKGROUND In the era of destination continuous flow left ventricular assist devices (LVAD), the decision of whether a patient will tolerate isolated LVAD support or will need biventricular support (BIVAD) can be challenging. Incorrect decision making with delayed right ventricular (RV) assist device implantation results in increased morbidity and mortality. Continuous flow LVADs have been shown to decrease pulmonary hypertension and improve RV function. We undertook this study to determine… CONTINUE READING

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