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Left ventricular assist device implantation: short and long-term surgical complications.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11016495     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Long-term implanted left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have significantly improved the care of patients awaiting heart transplantation and will provide an alternative therapy to select patients with heart failure. However, although the technology and clinical results continue to improve, LVAD implantation is still associated with a significant level of complications. Left ventricular assist device-associated complications can be broadly divided by their temporal occurrence. Early complications include perioperative hemorrhage, air embolism, and right ventricular failure. Beyond the perioperative period, late complications consist primarily of infection, thromboembolism, and primary device failure. An improved understanding of the mechanisms involved should aid the clinician in further reducing the incidence of these occurrences.
W Piccione
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of heart and lung transplantation : the official publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1053-2498     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Heart Lung Transplant.     Publication Date:  2000 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-12-28     Completed Date:  2000-12-28     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9102703     Medline TA:  J Heart Lung Transplant     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S89-94     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cardiac Surgical Procedures / adverse effects*
Equipment Failure
Follow-Up Studies
Heart Failure / diagnosis,  mortality,  surgery*
Heart-Assist Devices / adverse effects*
Middle Aged
Postoperative Complications / diagnosis
Severity of Illness Index
Survival Rate
Time Factors
Ventricular Dysfunction, Left / diagnosis,  mortality,  surgery*

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