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Venticular assist device

J StoliƄski, C Rosenbaum, W Flameng, B Meyns
BACKGROUND: When we use rotary blood pumps as an assist device, an interaction takes place between the pump performance and the native heart function (native heart influences pump performance and vice versa). The interaction between native heart and rotary blood pump can be useful to predict recovery of the failing heart. METHODS: The rotary blood pumps used were microaxial catheter-mounted pumps with an external diameter of 6.4 mm (Impella, Aachen, Germany). The pump-heart interaction was studied in five juvenile sheep with a mean body weight of 68...
November 2002: International Journal of Artificial Organs
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