Use of the Novacor Left Ventricular Assist System as a Bridge to Cardiac Transplantation: First Experience with Long-term Patients on the Wearable System
During the past decade, cardiac transplantation has become an accepted method in clinical therapy for end-stage heart disease. However, donor shortage is still responsible for a high percentage of patients dying while awaiting heart transplantation. Therefore, electrically powered ventricular assist devices  and pneumatically driven artificial hearts  were used in clinical programs to rescue critically ill cardiac transplant candidates.
KeywordsPulmonary Capillary Wedge Pressure Cardiac Tamponade Mechanical Circulatory Support Acetyl Salicyl Wearable System
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