Transthoracic echocardiographic assessment of continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices

Ravi Rasalingam, Stephanie N. Johnson, Kyle R. Bilhorn, Pei Hsiu Huang, Majesh Makan, Nader Moazami, Julio E. Pérez

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Abstract

An increasing number of patients are implanted with continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) for the treatment of severe congestive heart failure. In parallel with this growing experience has been an increase in knowledge of how these devices alter cardiac physiology and the important implications this has for cardiac function. Echocardiography offers the ability to provide serial noninvasive evaluation before and after LVAD implantation to document these changes, guide management decisions, and identify LVAD dysfunction. The authors detail a comprehensive assessment of LVAD function by transthoracic echocardiography.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-148
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2011

Keywords

  • Echocardiography
  • Heart failure
  • Left ventricular assist device
  • Mechanical circulatory support

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