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Patient selection for left-ventricular assist devices.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19318935     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Selection of appropriate candidates is one of the most important determinants of successful outcomes of left-ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation. The review describes a step-by-step approach to evaluation of patients with end-stage heart failure for LVAD implantation. RECENT FINDINGS: This article includes a summary of the recently published guidelines on candidate selection for long-term mechanical circulatory support, current understanding of the optimal timing of device placement in the disease course and the utility of preoperative screening scales to estimate the patient's operative risk. SUMMARY: As technology continues to improve and new devices provide greater safety and durability, continued efforts are needed to better define the clinical determinants of successful LVAD outcomes.
Katherine Lietz; Leslie W Miller
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in cardiology     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1531-7080     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr. Opin. Cardiol.     Publication Date:  2009 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-04-22     Completed Date:  2009-07-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8608087     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Cardiol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  246-51     Citation Subset:  IM    
Cardiovascular Divisions, Columbia-University Medical Center, New York, New York, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Heart Failure / diagnosis
Heart-Assist Devices*
Patient Selection*
Prosthesis Implantation
Severity of Illness Index

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