Cardiac Emergencies in Patients with Left Ventricular Assist Devices

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Pal JD, et al. Heart Fail Clin 2020 - Review.

ABSTRACT

Continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices are frequently used for management of patients with advanced heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. Although technologic advancements have contributed to improved outcomes, several complications arise over time. These complications result from several factors, including medication effects, physiologic responses to chronic exposure to circulatory support that is minimally/entirely nonpulsatile, and dysfunction of the device itself. Clinical presentation can range from chronic and indolent to acute, life-threatening emergencies. Several areas of uncertainty exist regarding best practices for managing complications; however, growing awareness has led to development of new guidelines to reduce risk and improve outcomes.

PMID:32503753 | DOI:10.1016/j.hfc.2020.02.003

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