Evaluating Heart Failure After Implantation of Mechanical Circulatory Support Devices
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- Shah, K.B., Tang, D.G., Cooke, R.H. et al. Curr Heart Fail Rep (2012) 9: 65. doi:10.1007/s11897-011-0079-z
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The medical community has seen an explosive rise in the utilization of implantable mechanical circulatory support devices for late-stage cardiomyopathy. Care for these complex patients requires a basic understanding of device physiology and potential complications. This review focuses on an algorithm that incorporates a careful clinical history and examination with diagnostic modalities for the evaluation of a patient who is failing therapy with a continuous-flow left ventricular assist device, as well as the general management and optimization of patients implanted with an artificial heart.