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Changes in the functional status measures of heart failure patients with mechanical assist devices.
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PMID:  23438772     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (cfLVADs) have been proven safe and effective for bridge-to-transplant and destination therapy (DT) in patients with advanced heart failure. However, the fixed pump speed of these devices may lack response to activity and oxygen demand, thereby limiting exercise tolerance. The objective of this observational study was to describe exercise capacity as measured by peak oxygen consumption (peak VO2) that may be expected during support with a cfLVAD. Peak VO2 was measured in patients (mean age: 58.3 ± 11.7 years; 66.7% ischemic and 33.3% DT) before cfLVAD support (11.2 ± 3.0 ml/kg/min, n = 25), between 3 and 6 months (12.7 ± 3.5 ml/kg/min, n = 31), at 1 year (10.7 ± 2.6 ml/kg/min, n = 16), and longer than 1 year (11.2 ± 1.7 ml/kg/min, n = 10). There was no statistical improvement in peak VO2 at any time point after implantation. In addition, ventilatory efficiency remained poor after LVAD implantation at all time points. Although studies have shown an increase in survival and patient's quality of life, exercise capacity as measured by cardiopulmonary exercise testing remains low during cfLVAD support.
Evan S Leibner; Joshua Cysyk; Kimber Eleuteri; Aly El-Banayosy; John P Boehmer; Walter E Pae
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  ASAIO journal (American Society for Artificial Internal Organs : 1992)     Volume:  59     ISSN:  1538-943X     ISO Abbreviation:  ASAIO J.     Publication Date:  2013 Mar 
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Created Date:  2013-02-26     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9204109     Medline TA:  ASAIO J     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  117-22     Citation Subset:  IM    
From the *Heart and Vascular Institute, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, The Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania; and †Division of Artificial Organs, Department of Surgery, The Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
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