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Functional Status in Left Ventricular Assist Device-Supported Patients: A Literature Review.
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PMID:  25175694     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The prevalence of advanced heart failure (HF) is increasing due to the aging population and improvements in HF management strategies. Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) technology and management continue to advance rapidly and it is anticipated that the number of LVAD implants will increase. LVADs have been demonstrated to extend life and improve outcomes in patients with advanced HF. The purpose of this article is to review and synthesize the evidence on impact of LVAD therapy on functional status. Significant functional gains were demonstrated in patients supported by LVAD throughout the first year with most improvement in distance walked and peak oxygen consumption demonstrated in the first 6 months. Interventions to enhance exercise performance have had inconsistent effects on functional status. Poor exercise performance was associated with increased risk of adverse events. Functional status improved with LVAD therapy, though performance remained substantially reduced compared to age adjusted norms. There is tremendous need to enhance our understanding of factors influencing functional outcomes in this high-risk population.
Martha Abshire; Cheryl R Dennison Himmelfarb; Stuart D Russell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  REVIEW     Date:  2014-8-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cardiac failure     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-8414     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Card. Fail.     Publication Date:  2014 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-9-1     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9442138     Medline TA:  J Card Fail     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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