Journal of Artificial Organs

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 386–388 | Cite as

Initial report of bridge to recovery in a patient with DuraHeart LVAD

  • Daisuke Yoshioka
  • Koichi Toda
  • Taichi Sakaguchi
  • Shigeru Miyagawa
  • Hiroyuki Nishi
  • Yasushi Yoshikawa
  • Satsuki Fukushima
  • Shunsuke Saito
  • Tetsuya Saito
  • Ikuko Shibasaki
  • Yasushi Sakata
  • Tomohito Ohtani
  • Yoshiki Sawa
Case Report

Abstract

Continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) provide acceptable clinical results, but the long waiting period for heart transplantation leads to diverse complications. LVAD support can cause reverse left ventricular (LV) remodeling that results in the improvement of LV function and allows LVAD removal. We present a case of successful removal of a DuraHeart LVAD because of sufficient recovery of LV function. Before LVAD removal, we conducted an “LVAD weaning test” by decreasing pump speed and performing an additional normal saline infusion test. We consider that the LVAD weaning test can be used in place of the “pulsatile LVAD off test.”

Keywords

Left ventricular assist device Explantation DuraHeart 

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© The Japanese Society for Artificial Organs 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Daisuke Yoshioka
    • 1
  • Koichi Toda
    • 1
  • Taichi Sakaguchi
    • 1
  • Shigeru Miyagawa
    • 1
  • Hiroyuki Nishi
    • 1
  • Yasushi Yoshikawa
    • 1
  • Satsuki Fukushima
    • 1
  • Shunsuke Saito
    • 1
  • Tetsuya Saito
    • 1
  • Ikuko Shibasaki
    • 1
  • Yasushi Sakata
    • 2
  • Tomohito Ohtani
    • 2
  • Yoshiki Sawa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Cardiovascular SurgeryOsaka University Graduate School of MedicineSuita CityJapan
  2. 2.Department of CardiologyOsaka University Graduate School of MedicineOsakaJapan

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