Should left ventricular assist device be standard of care for patients with refractory heart failure who are not transplantation candidates?: left ventricular assist devices should not be standard of care for transplantation-ineligible patients.

@article{Owens2012ShouldLV,
  title={Should left ventricular assist device be standard of care for patients with refractory heart failure who are not transplantation candidates?: left ventricular assist devices should not be standard of care for transplantation-ineligible patients.},
  author={Anjali Tiku Owens and Mariell Jessup},
  journal={Circulation},
  year={2012},
  volume={126 25},
  pages={3088-94}
}
At 40 years of age, the lifetime risk of developing heart failure (HF) is 1 in 5 for men and women in the United States. Approximately half of patients who are ultimately diagnosed with HF will die within 5 years1; the associated morbidity, hospitalization rate, and loss of functional capacity are more difficult to calculate. Among the 5 million American… CONTINUE READING