Patients supported for over 4 years with left ventricular assist devices

Evgenij V. Potapov, Michael J. Jurmann, Thorsten Drews, Miralem Pasic, Matthias Loebe, Yuguo Weng, Roland Hetzer

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Abstract

Ventricular assist device implantation has become an established therapy in adults and children for bridging to heart transplantation or to aid myocardial recovery. Recently, implantation of left ventricular assist devices as definitive therapy has been recognized as a better option than pharmacological treatment in patients who are not candidates for heart transplantation. This study presents our institution's experience with five patients successfully supported by two different left ventricular assist devices for over 4 years. This unique experience shows that left ventricular assist device support can be extended beyond 4 years with good quality of life and low risk, making it a good alternative for non-transplant candidates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)756-759
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Heart Failure
Volume8
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Destination therapy
  • Heart failure
  • Heart transplantation
  • Left ventricular assist device
  • Non-transplant candidate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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