Use of ventricular assist device as bridge to simultaneous heart and kidney transplantation in patients with cardiac and renal failure.

@article{Yanagida2013UseOV,
  title={Use of ventricular assist device as bridge to simultaneous heart and kidney transplantation in patients with cardiac and renal failure.},
  author={Roh Yanagida and Lawrence S. C. Czer and Andrea Ruzza and Ernst Ruediger Schwarz and Sinan A. Simsir and Stanley C. Jordan and Alfredo Trento},
  journal={Transplantation proceedings},
  year={2013},
  volume={45 6},
  pages={2378-83}
}
BACKGROUND Ventricular assist device (VAD) implantation as a bridge to cardiac transplantation is an effective treatment option for end-stage heart failure. Renal dysfunction is not uncommon but is considered to be a poor prognostic factor. We present our experience with 6 patients who had combined heart and kidney transplantation (HKT) after VAD implantation for advanced cardiac and renal failure. METHODS Of 74 patients who underwent VAD implantation as a bridge to transplant from May 2001… CONTINUE READING