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Circulatory assist device

Jessica Rimsans, Katelyn W Sylvester, Jean M Connors
Available options for the treatment of advanced heart failure have expanded to include the use of mechanical circulatory assist devices to improve quality of life in those both eligible and ineligible for heart transplant. Although there have been significant advancements in device technologies, anticoagulation protocols, and multidisciplinary team management, bleeding and thrombosis are the most common adverse effects. Management strategies for pump thrombosis and their outcomes vary considerably among mechanical circulatory support centers and include intensification of antithrombotic therapy (medical) and device exchange (surgical)...
October 7, 2016: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
Ju H Kim, Ramesh Singh, Francis D Pagani, Shashank S Desai, Nicholas A Haglund, Shannon M Dunlay, Simon Maltais, Keith D Aaronson, John M Stulak, Mary E Davis, Christopher T Salerno, Jennifer A Cowger, Palak Shah
BACKGROUND: Limited data exist on outcomes in patients greater than 70 years of age supported with continuous flow left ventricular assist devices (LVAD). METHODS: Data on 1,149 continuous-flow LVAD recipients was queried from the Mechanical Circulatory Support Research Network. Groups were assigned based on age: ≥70 years ("older patients") and <70 years. The primary outcome was survival at one-year based on age grouping. RESULTS: Compared with younger patients, (54...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Cardiac Failure
O P Sanjay
The use of mechanical circulatory support for patients with severe heart failure is on the rist. The poeoperative, intraoperative and postoperative challenges the anaesthesiologists skills. These are discussed in this review.
October 2016: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
Henrik Vase, Steffen Christensen, Aage Christiansen, Christian Juhl Therkelsen, Evald Høj Christiansen, Hans Eiskjær, Steen Hvidtfeldt Poulsen
INTRODUCTION: Mechanical circulatory support may be considered as a therapeutic option in selected patients with refractory cardiac arrest (rCA). Animal studies suggest a potential role for the Impella(®) left ventricular assist device in this setting, but so far no human data have been published. METHODS: Eight patients with rCA were treated with the Impella CP(®) device at our institution from November 2014 to October 2015. The Impella CP(®) was used at the discretion of the treating physicians in patients with rCA and pulseless electrical activity with presumed primary left ventricular failure...
October 14, 2016: Resuscitation
M Hirschvogel, M Bassilious, L Jagschies, S M Wildhirt, M W Gee
A model for patient-specific cardiac mechanics simulation is introduced, incorporating a 3-dimensional finite element model of the ventricular part of the heart which is coupled to a reduced-order 0-dimensional closed-loop vascular system, heart valve and atrial chamber model.The ventricles are modeled by a nonlinear orthotropic passive material law. The electrical activation is mimicked by a prescribed parametrized active stress acting along a generic muscle fiber orientation. Our activation function is constructed such that the start of ventricular contraction and relaxation as well as the active stress curve's slope are parameterized...
October 15, 2016: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
Carlo R Bartoli, Jooeun Kang, David Zhang, Jessica Howard, Michael Acker, Pavan Atluri, Tadashi Motomura
BACKGROUND: Supraphysiologic shear stress from continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) accelerates von Willebrand factor (vWF) degradation and predisposes patients to nonsurgical bleeding. It is unknown whether unique design characteristics of LVADs differentially affect vWF degradation. We tested the hypothesis that the centrifugal-flow EVAHEART (Evaheart, Houston, TX) left ventricular assist system (LVAS), which was designed to minimize shear stress (low operational revolutions per minute [rpm], larger flow gaps, low shear stress, flat H-Q curve), reduced vWF degradation versus the axial-flow HeartMate II (Thoratec, Pleasanton, CA) LVAD...
October 4, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Francisco González-Vílchez, Javier Segovia Cubero, Luis Almenar, María G Crespo-Leiro, José M Arizón, Iago Sousa, Juan Delgado, Eulalia Roig, José Manuel Sobrino, José González-Costello
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: The present article reports the characteristics and results of heart transplants in Spain since this therapeutic modality was first used in May 1984. METHODS: We describe the main features of recipients, donors, surgical procedures, and results of all heart transplants performed in Spain until December 31, 2015. RESULTS: A total of 299 cardiac transplants were performed in 2015, with the whole series comprising 7588 procedures...
October 1, 2016: Revista Española de Cardiología
Omar Wever-Pinzon, Stavros G Drakos, Stephen H McKellar, Benjamin D Horne, William T Caine, Abdallah G Kfoury, Dean Y Li, James C Fang, Josef Stehlik, Craig H Selzman
BACKGROUND: The number of centers with left ventricular assist device (LVAD) research programs focused on cardiac recovery is very small. Therefore, this phenomenon has been reported in real-world multi-center registries as a rare event. OBJECTIVES: This study evaluated the incidence of cardiac recovery with an a priori LVAD implantation strategy of bridge-to-recovery (BTR) and constructed a recovery predictive model. METHODS: The study included LVAD recipients registered in the Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (INTERMACS)...
October 4, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
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
Roosevelt Bryant, Farhan Zafar, Chesney Castleberry, John L Jefferies, Angela Lorts, Clifford Chin, David L S Morales
The Berlin Heart EXCOR pediatric ventricular assist device is approved by the FDA for bridge to cardiac transplantation (BTT) in children. As the clinical outcomes of the EXCOR continue to be evaluated in the U.S., data on post transplant survival are needed. The UNOS database was used to identify patients < 18 years old undergoing orthotopic heart transplantation (OHT) from 6/2004 to 6/2014. Patients undergoing BTT with the EXCOR were identified. A matched cohort of (358) patients undergoing OHT without pre-transplant mechanical circulatory support (no-MCS) was also identified as controls...
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
Kevin Ergle, Parham Parto, Selim R Krim
BACKGROUND: Despite recent advances in the management of heart failure, cardiogenic shock remains a challenging and devastating condition with significant morbidity and mortality. METHODS: We review currently available percutaneous mechanical circulatory support (MCS) devices and address each device's characteristics, mechanism of action, specific clinical indications, and contraindications. RESULTS: Four types of percutaneous MCS devices are currently available: the intraaortic balloon pump (IABP), Impella devices, the TandemHeart, and extracorporal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)...
2016: Ochsner Journal
Richard Cheng, Danny Ramzy, Babak Azarbal, Francisco A Arabia, Fardad Esmailian, Lawrence S Czer, Jon A Kobashigawa, Jaime D Moriguchi
For Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support profiles 1 and 2 cardiogenic shock patients initially placed on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), whether crossover to more durable devices is associated with increased survival, and its optimal timing, are not established. Profiles 1 and 2 patients placed on mechanical support were prospectively registered. Survival and successful hospital discharge were compared between patients placed on ECMO only, ECMO with early crossover, and ECMO with delayed crossover...
September 23, 2016: Artificial Organs
David Schibilsky, Tobias Kruger, Henning F Lausberg, Christoph Eisenlohr, Christoph Haller, Attila Nemeth, Barbara Schibilsky, Helene Haeberle, Peter Rosenberger, Tobias Walker, Christian Schlensak
The catheter-based Impella 5.0 left ventricular assist device is a powerful and less invasive alternative for patients in cardiogenic shock. The use as second-line therapy in patients with precedent extracorporeal life support (ECLS) has not been described before now. We analyzed our experience of consecutive patients treated with this alternative strategy. From April 2014 to December 2014, eight patients had been implanted as a second-line option after ECLS support. The reason for the change from ECLS to Impella 5...
September 2016: Artificial Organs
Walter P Jeske, Jeanine M Walenga, Bryan Menapace, Jeffrey Schwartz, Mamdouh Bakhos
For heart failure patients unable to undergo cardiac transplantation, mechanical circulatory support with left ventricular assist devices can be utilized. These devices improve quality of life and prolong life expectancy, but they are associated with bleeding and thrombotic complications impacting patient survival. Little is known of the relevant mechanisms of these hemostatic issues, hindering identification of a clinically useful biomarker. However, there is suggestive evidence that blood cell-derived microparticles may fulfill this unmet clinical need...
October 2016: Biomarkers in Medicine
Garry R Thomas, Michael A McDonald, Jennifer Day, Heather J Ross, Diego H Delgado, Filio Billia, Jagdish W Butany, Vivek Rao, Eitan Amir, Philippe L Bedard, Paaladinesh Thavendiranathan
Anthracycline-induced cardiomyopathy (AIC) may progress to end-stage heart failure requiring mechanical circulatory support or orthotopic heart transplantation (OHT). Previous studies have described important clinical differences between AIC and nonischemic cardiomyopathy (NIC) cohorts requiring these advanced interventions. Therefore, we sought to extend this literature by comparing echocardiographic parameters, treatment strategies, and the prognosis between matched patients from these cohorts. This is a retrospective matched cohort study...
August 23, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Anatol Prinzing, Ulf Herold, Anna Berkefeld, Markus Krane, Rüdiger Lange, Bernhard Voss
Mechanical circulatory support devices have become an important treatment tool for severe acute and chronic heart failure, since heart transplantation cannot meet the demands because of a lack of available donor organs. Since implantation of the first ventricular assist device a constant development of the suitability of these devices has been made. This review will introduce different generations of left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) and elaborate on clinical indications, risk stratification and current literature...
August 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Marc K Halushka, Richard N Mitchell, Robert F Padera
Heart failure, whether acute or chronic, remains a major health care crisis affecting almost 6 million Americans and over 23 million people worldwide. Roughly half of those affected will die within 5 years, and the annual cost exceeds $30 billion in the US alone. Although medical therapy has made some modest inroads in partially stemming the heart failure tsunami, there remains a significant population for whom medication is unsuccessful or has ceased being effective; such patients can benefit from heart transplantation or mechanical circulatory support...
August 29, 2016: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
Luigi Adamo, Yuanyuan Tang, Michael E Nassif, Eric Novak, Philip G Jones, Shane LaRue, John A Spertus, Douglas L Mann
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to assess the performance of the HeartMate Risk Score (HMRS) in a large multicenter cohort, with a focus on its performance as a function of disease severity. BACKGROUND: The HMRS has been proposed as a simple tool for risk stratification of LVAD recipients, but subsequent studies have challenged its validity. METHODS: We performed a retrospective, longitudinal, comparative study using the Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (INTERMACS) database...
August 28, 2016: JACC. Heart Failure
Daniel Rüschen, Miriam Rimke, Jonas Gesenhues, Steffen Leonhardt, Marian Walter
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Sufficient cardiac output is one of the main goals of ventricular assist device therapy. To date, there is no adequate method to estimate the combined amount of blood the native heart and a continuous-flow assist device pump through the circulatory system. This paper presents an approach to estimate total cardiac output based on the signals provided by optical pressure sensors mounted on the inlet and outlet of an Abiomed Impella CP pump. METHODS: Two Kalman filters were used in parallel for joint estimation of the aortic flow rate and the hydraulic resistance of the aortic valve...
August 30, 2016: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
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