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Prevention of Right Heart Failure After Left Ventricular Assist Device Implantation by Phosphodiesterase 5 Inhibitor.
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PMID:  24689700     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Right ventricular (RV) function immediately after left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation is a crucial prognostic factor. RV failure is linked to increased mortality and worse outcome. A phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitor, sildenafil, was shown to decrease pulmonary vascular resistance and pulmonary artery pressure post-LVAD. We report on a series of heart failure patients, and the effect of sildenafil on the incidence of RV failure after LVAD implantation. We retrospectively analyzed the data of end-stage heart failure patients who underwent LVAD implantation with pulmonary hypertension and RV dysfunction prior to surgery. Patients were divided into two groups; group 1: patients who received sildenafil perioperatively, and group 2: patients who did not receive sildenafil. Hemodynamic and echographic data were collected before and after surgery. Fourteen patients were included, 8 patients in group 1 and 6 in group 2. Sildenafil was administered with a mean dose of 56.2 ± 9.4 mg in group 1 and was able to significantly reduce right heart failure incidence, and to demonstrate a significant reduction in pulmonary vascular resistance, pulmonary artery pressure, transpulmonary gradient, and a significant increase in cardiac output. In conclusion, sildenafil seems to have a promising role perioperatively in preventing acute RV failure postsurgery in patients with RV dysfunction and pulmonary hypertension, requiring LVAD therapy.
Righab Hamdan; Hassan Mansour; Pierre Nassar; Mohamad Saab
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-4-2
Journal Detail:
Title:  Artificial organs     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1525-1594     ISO Abbreviation:  Artif Organs     Publication Date:  2014 Apr 
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Created Date:  2014-4-2     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7802778     Medline TA:  Artif Organs     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. and International Center for Artificial Organs and Transplantation.
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