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Comparison of outcomes in women versus men using a continuous-flow left ventricular assist device as a bridge to transplantation.
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PMID:  21257321     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: The use of large, pulsatile left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) has been limited in women because of their small body size. METHODS: We compared the survival outcomes, quality of life, and adverse events in 465 patients (104 women, 361 men) with advanced systolic heart failure in their first 18 months of support with the HeartMate II (Thoratec Corp, Pleasanton, CA) continuous-flow LVAD for bridge to transplantation. RESULTS: During the first 18 months, there were no differences in survival between women and men while on LVAD support (73% ± 3% vs 73% ± 5%, p = 0.855) but fewer women (40%) underwent heart transplantation than did men (55%; p = 0.001). More women continued on support after 18 months (p = 0.007). Median duration of support was 238 days for women and 184 days for men (p = 0.003). Mortality was 20% for women and 19% for men (p = 0.89). Adverse events were similar, with the exception of hemorrhagic stroke, which occurred more frequently in women (0.10 vs 0.04 events/patient-year, p = 0.02), and device-related infections, which occurred less frequently in women (0.23 vs 0.44, p = 0.006). Functional capacity and quality of life at 6 months improved significantly in women and men. CONCLUSIONS: Continuous-flow left ventricular assistance as a bridge to transplantation is associated with similar survival rates in women and men. Differences observed in higher stroke rates and fewer infections among women require further study.
Roberta C Bogaev; Salpy V Pamboukian; Stephanie A Moore; Leway Chen; Ranjit John; Andrew J Boyle; Kartik S Sundareswaran; David J Farrar; O H Frazier;
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-1-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of heart and lung transplantation : the official publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1557-3117     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
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Created Date:  2011-1-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9102703     Medline TA:  J Heart Lung Transplant     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Baylor College of Medicine, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Texas; Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Texas.
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