Recovery of major organ function in patients awaiting heart transplantation with Thoratec ventricular assist devices. Thoratec Ventricular Assist Device Principal Investigators.

@article{Farrar1994RecoveryOM,
  title={Recovery of major organ function in patients awaiting heart transplantation with Thoratec ventricular assist devices. Thoratec Ventricular Assist Device Principal Investigators.},
  author={David Mascarenas Donald Hush James Theiler Charles Farrar and J. Donald Hill},
  journal={The Journal of heart and lung transplantation : the official publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation},
  year={1994},
  volume={13 6},
  pages={1125-32}
}
The time course of recovery of hepatic and renal function was determined in 193 patients receiving Thoratec ventricular assist devices while awaiting transplantation at 41 hospitals in eight countries. The duration of circulatory support averaged 26 days (maximum 248 days) and the average ventricular assist device blood flow index was 2.7 +/- 0.5 L/min/m2 compared with a preoperative cardiac index of 1.4 +/- 0.7 L/min/m2. Renal and hepatic function improved in most patients in 1 to 3 weeks of… CONTINUE READING