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David M Turer, Kelly L Koch, Todd M Koelling, Audrey H Wu, Francis D Pagani, Jonathan W Haft
Centrifugal and axial flow left ventricular assist devices have different hydrodynamic properties that may impact the effectiveness of left ventricular unloading. We sought to determine if patients implanted with the HeartWare HVAD (HW) and HeartMate II (HMII) had a similar degree of hemodynamic support by comparing parameters measured using echocardiography and right heart catheterization. Using our prospectively collected database, we identified 268 patients implanted with the HMII and 93 with the HW. Demographic characteristics were similar between groups...
July 26, 2016: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
Igor D Gregoric, Rajko Radovancevic, Mehmet H Akay, Mateja K Jezovnik, Sriram Nathan, Manish Patel, Jayeshkumar A Patel, Elena Nedelcu, Nghia D Nguyen, Pranav Loyalka, Biswajit Kar
Implantation of left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) while avoiding cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) may decrease bleeding and improve postoperative recovery. To understand the effectiveness of this approach, we reviewed the charts of 26 patients who underwent HeartWare left ventricular assist device (HVAD) implantation without use of CPB (off-CPB group) and 22 patients who had HVAD implanted with CPB (CPB group) with an emphasis on the 30-day postoperative period. Preoperatively, both groups had similar demographic, functional, and hemodynamic characteristics...
September 22, 2016: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
Gardner Yost, Christine Rachel Joseph, Thomas Royston, Antone Tatooles, Geetha Bhat
Despite increasing use of left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) as a surgical treatment for advanced heart failure in an era of improved outcomes with LVAD support, the mechanical interactions between these pumps and the cardiovascular system are not completely understood. We utilized an in vitro mock circulatory loop to analyze the heat production incurred by operation of an axial flow and centrifugal flow LVAD.A HeartMate II and a HeartWare HVAD were connected to an abbreviated flow loop and were implanted in a viscoelastic gel...
September 20, 2016: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
Joseph A R Englert, Jennifer A Davis, Selim R Krim
BACKGROUND: Heart transplantation remains the definitive therapy for patients with advanced heart failure; however, owing to limited donor organ availability and long wait times, continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have become standard therapy. METHODS: This review summarizes the history, progression, function, and basic management of LVADs. Additionally, we provide some clinical pearls and important caveats for managing this unique patient population...
2016: Ochsner Journal
Daniel Zimpfer, Martin Strueber, Philipp Aigner, Jan D Schmitto, Arnt E Fiane, Robert Larbalestier, Steven Tsui, Paul Jansz, Andre Simon, Stephan Schueler, Francesco Moscato, Heinrich Schima
OBJECTIVES: Ventricular blood stasis is a concern for continuous flow mechanical support devices and might contribute to the formation of thromboembolic events. The HeartWare® Ventricular Assist System (HVAD®) is equipped with the Lavare™ cycle that is a periodic speed modulation feature designed to alter flow patterns within the left ventricle and reduce areas of potential blood stasis. Here, we report in vitro and clinical findings on the effects of the Lavare cycle. METHODS: The effect of pump speed changes on the intraventricular flow field was examined with an in vitro particle image velocimetry model...
September 7, 2016: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
U Köksel, O Erbasan, Ö Bayezid, C Kemaloğlu, S Özçobanoğlu, I Gölbaşı, C Türkay
BACKGROUND: Continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (CF-LVADs) such as the HeartMate II and HeartWare left ventricular assist device are important alternatives to heart transplantation. Thrombosis is a serious complication in both devices and we present our approach to treating thrombosis and analysis of predisposition factors. METHODS: Our center's CF-LVADs database was retrospectively reviewed for pump thrombosis between January 2011 and January 2015. The patients were grouped for pump thrombosis (n = 13) and nonpump thrombosis (n = 85)...
July 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
O N Tuncer, C Kemaloğlu, O Erbasan, I Gölbaşı, C Türkay, Ö Bayezid
INTRODUCTION: Donor organ shortage is still a problem for heart transplantation. Only 10% of patients in waiting list undergo heart transplantation. Over the last 5 years, 2 different continuous flow pumps, the HeartMate II and the HeartWare, have been successful clinically in the alternative treatment of patients with end-stage heart disease. METHODS: Fifty-five patients underwent left ventricular assist device implantation between 2011 and 2014. Patients were followed on pump support for complications and intraoperative outcomes...
July 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
Roland Hetzer, Friedrich Kaufmann MEng, Evgenij Potapov, Thomas Krabatsch, Eva Maria Delmo Walter
This article reports our 15-year single-center experience with rotary blood pumps (RBPs) as long-term mechanical circulatory support (MCS) with emphasis on outcomes. For more than 15-year period, we have used various RBPs as bridge to transplantation or to myocardial recovery. Our group performed the first human implantation worldwide of RBCs, the MicroMed DeBakey ventricular assist device in November 1998 in a patient with end-stage heart failure who was supported for 47 days until his death. Based on this initial experience, we recognized the feasibility of providing long-term support and since then it has been our primary armamentarium in treating patients with heart failure...
2016: Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Loay Kabbani, Semeret Munie, Judith Lin, Mauricio Velez, Iyad Isseh, Sara Brooks, Stephanie Leix, Alexander Shepard
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate and define the expected flow pattern changes of carotid artery duplex ultrasound after LVAD placement. METHODS: Retrospective review of Henry Ford Hospital database of patients who had undergone LVAD placement between March 2008 and July 2012 was performed. All patients who had carotid artery duplex scanning before and after LVAD placement within two years of each other and showed less than 50% stenosis were included in this study. Type of waveform, carotid peak systolic velocity and end-diastolic velocities were analyzed, and the values were compared before and after LVAD placement...
August 12, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Muhammad A Soofi, Andrew P Ignaszewski, Anson W Cheung, Jamil G Bashir
Congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (ccTGA) is a rare condition with prevalence of <0.5%. Dextrocardia is reported among 20% of them. Among patients with ccTGA, heart failure is a common presentation, especially in the fourth or fifth decade of life and survival is dismal without heart transplantation. A left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is considered for bridge to transplantation if early heart transplantation is not available or as destination therapy for patients ineligible for heart transplant...
August 11, 2016: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Paweł Nadziakiewicz, Tomasz Niklewski, Bożena Szyguła-Jurkiewicz, Jerzy Pacholewicz, Michał Zakliczyński, Jarosław Borkowski, Tomasz Hrapkowicz, Marian Zembala
BACKGROUND Left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) are used to treat heart failure. Preoperative prediction of RV function after LVAD implantation is crucial. Correlations were found between preoperative echo and RV function after LVAD implantation. MATERIAL AND METHODS We retrospectively reviewed 23 male patients (8 ischemic, 15 nonischemic cardiomyopathy) with LVAD implantation (17 HeartWare, 6 HeartMate II) at the Silesian Center for Heart Diseases from 1 January 2013 to 28 October 2014. Preoperative TTE data of RV function included RVFAC (fractional area change), TAPSE (tricuspid annulus plane systolic excursion), RV diameter (RV4), and RV/LV (right/left ventricle) ratio...
2016: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
P Nadziakiewicz, J Borkowski, B Szygula-Jurkiewicz, T Niklewski, J Pacholewicz, M Zakliczynski, T Hrapkowicz, M Zembala
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) support is increasingly used in patients with heart failure. The right ventricle (RV) plays a main role in LVAD support. Little is known about the effects of pulsatile Polvad MEV devices or continuouseconds flow pumps on RV function. We compared hemodynamic parameters of RV in patients after implantation of Polvad MEV (PM) and Heartware (HW) or Heartmate II (HMII) LVADs. METHODS: Forty-four patients were retrospectively reviewed after implantation of PM (group P; n = 24 [21 M, 3 F]) or HW or HMII (group C; n = 20 [20 M, 0 F]) LVADs from April 2007 to February 2014...
June 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
P Nadziakiewicz, B Szygula-Jurkiewicz, T Niklewski, J Pacholewicz, M Zakliczynski, J Borkowski, T Hrapkowicz, M Zembala
BACKGROUND: Limited data exist about the effects of continuous-flow versus pulsatile-flow left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) on end-organ function. We hypothesized that a pulsatile Polvad MEV (PM) would result in outcomes similar to those of similarly ill patients implanted with a continuous-flow LVAD (Heartware [HW] or Heartmate II [HMII]). We aimed to compare renal, hepatic, and hematologic functions in the 1st 30 days of support. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed patients with 24 PM (21 M, 3 F; group P) and 15 HW and 5 HMII (20 M, 0 F); group C LVAD implantations from April 2007 to February 2014...
June 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
Fatemeh Esmaeilzadeh, Aurélien Wauters, Walter Wijns, Jean-François Argacha, Philippe van de Borne
BACKGROUND: Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) is a promising therapy for patients with advanced heart failure (HF), but bleeding complications remain an important issue. Previous series show that acquired von Willebrand syndrome was present in up to 100 % of first generation LVAD recipients. We report the effects of new generation LVADs on vW factor (vWF) metabolism and activity in our center. METHODS: Fifteen LVAD recipients (HeartWare®, Framingham, MA, USA) were compared to 12 HF patients, matched for age and body mass index...
2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Meindert Palmen, Jerry Braun, Saskia L M A Beeres, Robert J M Klautz
Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation can be challenging in patients with a prior surgical ventricular restoration (SVR). In this case series of heart failure patients with a history of SVR, we describe the surgical technique and outcome of a customized approach for inflow cannula orientation. Seven patients with a history of SVR with end-stage chronic heart failure were accepted for long-term LVAD support. In all patients, the Dacron patch was removed through left ventriculotomy and a Hegar 22 dilator was inserted at the estimated optimal position of the LVAD inflow cannula...
August 1, 2016: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Omar Saeed, Ulrich P Jorde
The purpose of this review is to highlight recent advances and challenges in the clinical implementation of continuous flow left ventricular assist devices (CF LVADs) in patients with advanced heart failure. Post approval studies of CF LVAD therapy continue to show a progressive improvement in survival and reduction of adverse events. Major trials are ongoing to compare outcomes of an axial flow device (Heart Mate II) and smaller centrifugal flow pumps (HeartWare VADs and Heart Mate III). Numerous studies have investigated strategies to reduce major hematologic and neurologic adverse events by evaluating hemolysis, antithrombotic therapy, and blood pressure control...
July 25, 2016: Cardiology in Review
Marina Pieri, Marcus Müller, Anna Mara Scandroglio, Panagiotis Pergantis, Alexandra Kretzschmar, Friedrich Kaufmann, Volkmar Falk, Thomas Krabatsch, Georg Arlt, Marian Kukucka, Evgenij Potapov
Mediastinitis is more frequent in patients with implantable ventricular assist devices (VAD) than in other cardiac surgery patients and carries significant mortality. We report our experience with a stepwise approach including aggressive debridement, jet lavage, vacuum assisted closure (VAC) dressing and finally coverage with well-vascularized and immune active omental flaps in VAD patients with infective mediastinitis.We retrospectively collected and analyzed data of patients with continuous flow VAD who underwent plasty with the omental flap due to mediastinitis at Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin beween 1 January 2008 and 30 October 2015 ...
July 26, 2016: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
George J Arnaoutakis, David Blitzer, Stephanie Fuller, Aaron W Eckhauser, Lisa M Montenegro, Joseph W Rossano, J William Gaynor
BACKGROUND: Circulatory failure necessitating cardiac transplantation will ultimately develop in many patients with functional single-ventricle physiology. Interest in the use of mechanical circulatory support (MCS) in this population is growing. METHODS: This was a retrospective case series of patients with functional single-ventricle physiology who underwent MCS with a ventricular assist device or a total artificial heart as a bridge to cardiac transplantation between January 2006 and December 2014...
July 14, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Jan D Schmitto, Daniel Zimpfer, Arnt E Fiane, Robert Larbalestier, Steven Tsui, Paul Jansz, Andre Simon, Stephan Schueler, Martin Strueber
OBJECTIVES: The Registry to Evaluate the HeartWare Left Ventricular Assist System (ReVOLVE) is an investigator-initiated multicentre, prospective, single-arm database established to collect post-Conformité Européenne Mark clinical information on patients receiving the HeartWare® Ventricular Assist System (HVAD®). The number of patients requiring longer periods of mechanical circulatory support is ever increasing and so further investigation into long-term outcomes in bridge-to-transplant populations is necessary...
July 13, 2016: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Kavitha Muthiah, David T Humphreys, Desiree Robson, Kumud Dhital, Phillip Spratt, Paul Jansz, Peter S Macdonald, Christopher S Hayward
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) support triggers adaptations within failing hearts. The HeartWare (HeartWare International, Inc., Framingham, MA) LVAD exhibits different flow profiles and afterload dependence compared with previous-generation devices, which may alter remodelling patterns. We sought to characterize myocardial adaptation to third-generation centrifugal-flow LVADs at a functional, hemodynamic, and structural level in addition to profiling transcriptomal changes using next-generation sequencing platforms...
May 20, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
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