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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922885/ventricular-assist-device-implantation-configurations-impact-overall-mechanical-circulatory-support-system-thrombogenic-potential
#1
Wei-Che Chiu, Yared Alemu, Allison J McLarty, Shmuel Einav, Marvin J Slepian, Danny Bluestein
Ventricular assist devices (VAD) became in recent years the standard of care therapy for advanced heart failure with hemodynamic compromise. With the steadily growing population of device recipients, various post-implant complications have been reported, mostly associated with the hyper-shear generated by VADs that enhance their thrombogenicity by activating platelets. While VAD design optimization can significantly improve its thromboresistance, the implanted VAD need to be evaluated as part of a system. Several clinical studies indicated that variability in implantation configurations may contribute to the overall system thrombogenicity...
December 2, 2016: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922882/exercise-hemodynamics-as-a-predictor-of-myocardial-recovery-in-lvad-patients
#2
Louise Segan, Shane Nanayakkara, Angeline Leet, Donna Vizi, David M Kaye
Mechanical circulatory support using left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) has been demonstrated to improve survival in patients with advanced heart failure. LVAD therapy also promotes reverse ventricular remodeling, which in some cases has led to sufficient myocardial recovery to allow LVAD removal. Identification of suitable patients for LVAD removal however remains challenging. We investigated the hypothesis that invasive assessment of exercise hemodynamics may provide additional information in relation to the assessment of contractile reserve in potential candidates for LVAD explant...
December 2, 2016: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922524/resolution-of-intractable-ventricular-tachycardia-after-surgical-repositioning-of-a-heartmate-ii-inflow-cannula
#3
Andre Y Son, Alex Reyentovich, Stephen Pan, Abe DeAnda, Leora B Balsam
Ventricular arrhythmias are common after left ventricular assist device implantation. Malposition of the inflow cannula is one of the few etiologies with a mechanically correctable defect. We present a case of intractable ventricular tachycardia that resolved after surgical repositioning of a HeartMate II inflow cannula. The diagnosis and management of this case demonstrate the utility of imaging studies for detecting inflow cannula malposition and the efficacy of inflow cannula repositioning for treatment.
December 2, 2016: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914501/levosimendan-in-patients-with-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-on-cardiopulmonary-bypass-rationale-and-study-design-of-the-levosimendan-in-patients-with-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-requiring
#4
Rajendra H Mehta, Sean Van Diepen, James Meza, Paula Bokesch, Jeffrey D Leimberger, Sandra Tourt-Uhlig, Merri Swartz, Jodi Parrotta, Rachael Jankowich, Douglas Hay, Robert W Harrison, Stephen Fremes, Shaun G Goodman, John Luber, Wolfgang Toller, Matthias Heringlake, Kevin J Anstrom, Jerrold H Levy, Robert A Harrington, John H Alexander
BACKGROUND: Low cardiac output syndrome is associated with increased mortality and occurs in 3% to 14% of patients undergoing cardiac surgery on cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). Levosimendan, a novel calcium sensitizer and KATP channel activator with inotropic, vasodilatory, and cardioprotective properties, has shown significant promise in reducing the incidence of low cardiac output syndrome and related adverse outcomes in patients undergoing cardiac surgery on CPB. METHODS: LEVO-CTS is a phase 3 randomized, controlled, multicenter study evaluating the efficacy, safety, and cost-effectiveness of levosimendan in reducing morbidity and mortality in high-risk patients with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (≤35%) undergoing cardiac surgery on CPB...
December 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914443/converting-sunlight-into-audible-sound-by-means-of-the-photoacoustic-effect-the-heliophone
#5
N B Roozen, C Glorieux, L Liu, M Rychtáriková, T Van der Donck, A Jacobs
One hundred and thirty-five years after Alexander Graham Bell and his assistant Charles Sumner Tainter explored the photoacoustic effect, and about 40 years after Rosencwaig and Gersho modeled the effect in a photoacoustic cell configuration, the phenomenon is revisited in a "Heliophone" device that converts sunlight into sound. The light is focused on a carbon blackened copper coated Kapton foil in an acoustic cell by means of a compound parabolic collimator, and its intensity is modulated by a mechanical chopper...
September 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909839/biventricular-support-using-a-centrifugal-pump-in-a-6%C3%A2-year-old-with-fulminant-myocarditis
#6
Hiromu Kehara, Tamaki Takano, Takamitsu Terasaki, Kenji Okada
We experienced a case of ventricular assist with both a pulsatile-flow and a continuous-flow pump in a pediatric patient, and herein report the clinical course and characteristics of the pumps. A 6-year-old female was diagnosed with fulminant myocarditis and transferred to our hospital for mechanical support. After 12 days of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, we implanted a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) and a right ventricular assist device (RVAD) using centrifugal Gyro pumps with a membrane oxygenator in a paracorporeal fashion...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895342/innovations-in-cardiovascular-care-historical-perspective-contemporary-practice-recent-trends-and-future-directions
#7
Hasanat Sharif, Mayera Tufail
Cardiovascular diseases continue to be a major cause of mortality and morbidity in the world population. First open heart procedure was performed by Gibbon in 1953, since then many advancements have been introduced to the field of cardiac surgery. Minimally invasive techniques were introduced, which include minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), off-pump technique, minimally invasive valve surgery or transcatheter techniques to implant stentless or sutureless valves. The hybrid strategy to address coronary disease combines catheterisation procedures with standard surgical techniques...
October 2016: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895105/robot-assisted-mechanical-therapy-attenuates-stroke-induced-limb-skeletal-muscle-injury
#8
Chandan K Sen, Savita Khanna, Hallie Harris, Richard Stewart, Maria Balch, Mallory Heigel, Seth Teplitsky, Surya Gnyawali, Cameron Rink
The efficacy and optimization of poststroke physical therapy paradigms is challenged in part by a lack of objective tools available to researchers for systematic preclinical testing. This work represents a maiden effort to develop a robot-assisted mechanical therapy (RAMT) device to objectively address the significance of mechanical physiotherapy on poststroke outcomes. Wistar rats were subjected to right hemisphere middle-cerebral artery occlusion and reperfusion. After 24 h, rats were split into control (RAMT(-)) or RAMT(+) groups (30 min daily RAMT over the stroke-affected gastrocnemius) and were followed up to poststroke d 14...
November 28, 2016: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892719/is-a-pulse-absolutely-necessary-during-cardiopulmonary-bypass
#9
Gengo Sunagawa, Marijan Koprivanac, Jamshid H Karimov, Nader Moazami, Kiyotaka Fukamachi
The benefits and disadvantages of pulsatility in mechanical circulatory support devices have been argued since before the first use of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) with a nonpulsatile pump. The debate over the superiority of either pulsatile or nonpulsatile perfusion during CPB persists, but recently, the evidence in favor of pulsatile perfusion during CPB is increasing. Complications associated with chronic nonpulsatile flow in patients implanted with left ventricular assist devices have renewed interest in generating pulsatility with these devices...
November 28, 2016: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882424/influence-of-transplant-center-procedural-volume-on-survival-outcomes-of-heart-transplantation-for-children-bridged-with-mechanical-circulatory-support
#10
Alex Hsieh, Dmitry Tumin, Patrick I McConnell, Mark Galantowicz, Joseph D Tobias, Don Hayes
Transplant center expertise improves survival after heart transplant (HTx) but it is unknown whether center expertise ameliorates risk associated with mechanical circulatory support (MCS) bridge to transplantation. This study investigated whether center HTx volume reduced survival disparities among pediatric HTx patients bridged with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), left ventricular assist device (LVAD), or no MCS. Patients ≤18 years of age receiving first-time HTx between 2005 and 2015 were identified in the United Network of Organ Sharing registry...
November 24, 2016: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876601/bioapplications-of-graphene-constructed-functional-nanomaterials
#11
REVIEW
Arif Gulzar, Piaoping Yang, Fei He, Jiating Xu, Dan Yang, Liangge Xu, Mohammad Omar Jan
Graphene has distinctive mechanical, electronic, and optical properties, which researchers have applied to develop innovative electronic materials including transparent conductors and ultrafast transistors. Lately, the understanding of various chemical properties of graphene has expedited its application in high-performance devices that generate and store energy. Graphene is now increasing its terrain outside electronic and chemical applications toward biomedical areas such as precise bio sensing through graphene-quenched fluorescence, graphene-enhanced cell differentiation and growth, and graphene-assisted laser desorption/ionization for mass spectrometry...
November 19, 2016: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871889/spontaneous-prosocial-choice-by-captive-bottlenose-dolphins-tursiops-truncatus
#12
Fumio Nakahara, Masayuki Komaba, Ryoichi Sato, Hisako Ikeda, Kumiko Komaba, Akihiro Kawakubo
Dolphins exhibit prosocial behavior across several different contexts. However, only a few experimental studies have investigated the psychological mechanisms underlying this behavior. In this study, we investigated the mechanisms underlying prosociality in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). In the experiments, water shower devices, developed as environmental enrichment items, were used. Two paradigms were used to measure prosociality. The first was the prosocial choice task, involving the subject typically being offered one choice between two options...
November 18, 2016: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871197/left-ventricular-assist-device-induced-reverse-remodeling-it-s-not-just-about-myocardial-recovery
#13
Karolina K Marinescu, Nir Uriel, Douglas L Mann, Daniel Burkhoff
The abnormal structure, function and molecular makeup of dilated cardiomyopathic hearts can be partially normalized in patients supported by a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), a process called reverse remodeling. This leads to recovery of function in many patients, though the rate of full recovery is low and in many cases is temporary, leading to the concept of heart failure remission, rather than recovery. Areas covered: We summarize data indicative of ventricular reverse remodeling, recovery and remission during LVAD support...
November 22, 2016: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867245/diamond-coated-artificial-cardiovascular-devices
#14
Hongjun Zeng, Robert Jarvik, Grace Catausan, Nicolaie Moldovan, John Carlisle
Ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD), an extremely smooth, low cost diamond coating was successfully developed herein for antithrombogenic application which requires high biocompatibility, low wear, low friction, and chemical inertness. The substrate materials utilized in the Jarvik 2000 ventricular assist device (VAD), silicon carbide and titanium alloy, provide an excellent substrate match for UNCD integration. The paper addresses the development of medical-quality UNCD films to significantly improve the knowledge base regarding the defect mechanisms of UNCD films, to reduce or eliminate known wear-inducing imperfections in the film, and to thoroughly characterize and test the films as well as assembled UNCD-coated VADs...
September 25, 2016: Surface & Coatings Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862075/minimally-invasive-implantation-of-heartware-assist-device-and-simultaneous-tricuspid-valve-reconstruction-through-partial-upper-sternotomy
#15
Julia Hillebrand, Andreas Hoffmeier, Tonny Djie Tiong Tjan, Juergen R Sindermann, Christoph Schmidt, Sven Martens, Mirela Scherer
Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation is a well-established therapy to support patients with end-stage heart failure. However, the operative procedure is associated with severe trauma. Third generation LVADs like the HeartWare assist device (HeartWare, Inc., Framingham, MA, USA) are characterized by enhanced technology despite smaller size. These devices offer new minimally invasive surgical options. Tricuspid regurgitation requiring valve repair is frequent in patients with the need for mechanical circulatory support as it is strongly associated with ischemic and nonischemic cardiomyopathy...
November 8, 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862040/central-extracorporeal-life-support-with-left-ventricular-decompression-to-berlin-heart-excor-a-reliable-bridge-to-bridge-strategy-in-crash-and-burn-patients
#16
Alexander Weymann, Mina Farag, Anton Sabashnikov, Javid Fatullayev, Mohamed Zeriouh, Bastian Schmack, Rawa Arif, Florian Müller, Christina Alt, Philip Raake, Nikhil Prakash Patil, Aron-Frederik Popov, Andre Rüdiger Simon, Matthias Karck, Arjang Ruhparwar
The aim of this study was to compare patients with severe biventricular heart failure who underwent Berlin Heart Excor implantation with (cardiogenic shock [CS] status) or without the need for preoperative extracorporeal life support (ECLS) as a bridge to long-term device. A total of 40 consecutive patients with severe biventricular heart failure underwent Berlin Heart Excor implantation with (CS status, n = 20, 50%) or without (control, n = 20, 50%) the need for preoperative ECLS as a bridge to long-term device from March 2007 to May 2015 at our institution...
November 8, 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861429/clinical-implications-of-physiological-flow-adjustment-in-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-devices
#17
Vakhtang Tchantchaleishvili, Jessica G Y Luc, Caitlin M Cohan, Kevin Phan, Laila Hübbert, Steven W Day, H Todd Massey
There is increasing evidence for successful management of end-stage heart failure with continuous-flow left ventricular assist device (CF-LVAD) technology. However, passive flow adjustment at fixed CF-LVAD speed is susceptible to flow balancing issues as well as adverse hemodynamic effects relating to the diminished arterial pulse pressure and flow. With current therapy, flow cannot be adjusted with changes in venous return, which can vary significantly with volume status. This limits the performance and safety of CF-LVAD...
November 15, 2016: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859378/mechanical-circulatory-support-devices-for-pediatric-patients-with-congenital-heart-disease
#18
REVIEW
Steven G Chopski, William B Moskowitz, Randy M Stevens, Amy L Throckmorton
The use of mechanical circulatory support (MCS) devices is a viable therapeutic treatment option for patients with congestive heart failure. Ventricular assist devices, cavopulmonary assist devices, and total artificial heart pumps continue to gain acceptance as viable treatment strategies for both adults and pediatric patients as bridge-to-transplant, bridge-to-recovery, and longer-term circulatory support alternatives. We present a review of the current and future MCS devices for patients having congenital heart disease (CHD) with biventricular or univentricular circulations...
November 8, 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859372/numerical-analyses-for-low-reynolds-flow-in-a-ventricular-assist-device
#19
Guilherme Lopes, Eduardo Bock, Luben Gómez
Scientific and technological advances in blood pump developments have been driven by their importance in cardiac patient treatments and in the expansion of life quality in assisted people. To improve and optimize the design and development, numerical tools were incorporated into the analyses of these mechanisms and have become indispensable in their advances. This study analyzes the flow behavior with low impeller Reynolds number, for which there is no consensus on the full development of turbulence in ventricular assist devices (VAD)...
November 8, 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849657/long-term-follow-up-on-health-related-quality-of-life-after-mechanical-circulatory-support-in-children
#20
Thilo P K Fleck, Georg Dangel, Felix Bächle, Christoph Benk, Jochen Grohmann, Johannes Kroll, Matthias Siepe, Rene Höhn, Janbernd Kirschner, Friedhelm Beyersdorf, Brigitte Stiller
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate health-related quality of life in long-term survivors of mechanical circulatory support after acute cardiopulmonary failure. DESIGN: Prospective follow-up study. SETTING: Single-institutional in a center for congenital heart disease and pediatric cardiology. PATIENTS: Fifty patients who underwent 58 mechanical circulatory support therapies in our institution from 2001 to 2012...
November 15, 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
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