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Synchrony relationships between the left ventricle and a left ventricular assist device: an experimental study in pigs.
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PMID:  22505199     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Background: Synchronization between the left ventricle and a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) may be important for ventricular unloading and coronary perfusion. We assessed the synchrony between cardiac and LVAD cycles by increasing delays in steps of 100 msec throughout the cycle, under conditions of total and partial left ventricular support. Methods: We studied 7 healthy minipigs weighing 30-40 kg. A 60-cc Berlin Heart Excor LVAD was implanted and connected to a BCM 1200 console, making it possible to synchronize the LVAD systole and the EKG signal with a prefixed delay. We recorded hemodynamic parameters (including aortic, pulmonary, and left ventricular pressure) and LVAD flow for each delay. Results: Intraventricular pressure during LVAD systole was minimized with delays of around 40-80% of one cycle. In addition, total flow was higher under these conditions. Conclusions: This study shows that the synchronous mode of LVAD operation is feasible. Moreover, a delay in device contraction until the second half of the cardiac cycle optimizes ventricular unloading and may eventually improve myocardial recovery.
Angeles Heredero; Ramon Perez-Caballero; Javier Otero; Daniel Rodríguez-Martínez; Begoña Quintana-Villamandos; Guillermo Rodríguez-Bernal; Angel González-Pinto; Manuel Ruiz-Fernandez; Juan F Del Cañizo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-4-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of artificial organs     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1724-6040     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-4-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7802649     Medline TA:  Int J Artif Organs     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  0     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Cardiac Surgery, Gregorio Marañon General University Hospital, Madrid - Spain.
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