Gastrointestinal bleeding after continuous-flow left ventricular device implantation: review of pathophysiology and management

Ashrith Guha, Carrie L Eshelbrenner, David M Richards, Howard P Monsour

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Abstract

Gastrointestinal bleeding is one of the most common complications in patients with continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices. Though the exact pathophysiology is still unclear, continuous-flow physiology, acquired Von Willebrand disease, and formation of arteriovenous malformations in the gastrointestinal tract are implicated. An individualized plan of endoscopic therapy and anticoagulation management is required when caring for these patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-27
Number of pages4
JournalMethodist DeBakey cardiovascular journal
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

Keywords

  • gastrointestinal bleeding
  • heart assist device
  • LVAD risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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