Patient selection for assist devices: bridge to transplant.

Matthias Loebe, Michael M. Koerner, Javier A. Lafuente, George P. Noon

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Patients in severely progressed states of heart failure can be bridged to successful heart transplantation with mechanical assist devices. Experience has demonstrated that patient selection and timing of device implantation are crucial for obtaining acceptable results when using this expensive technology. The degree of irreversible secondary organ dysfunction before re-establishing adequate cardiac output determines the chance of reaching transplantation. Patients who recover during support from all sequelae of end stage heart failure have an excellent outcome after heart transplantation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-146
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Cardiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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