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AllMed Webinar Helps Peer Review Professionals Learn About Common Complications Associated with LVAD Implantation
Date:2/18/2013

ns and the expanding pool of patients waiting for heart transplantation have led to growing interest in alternative strategies, particularly mechanical circulatory support (MCS). In 2012, the American Heart Association (AHA) published recommendations for the use of mechanical circulatory support. Dr. Mueller noted that the statement includes general considerations for determining the appropriateness of MCS, and stresses the importance of an experienced multidisciplinary team in the decision-making process. He also discussed the most recent evidence-based guidelines, published by the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, which cover all phases of evaluating, implanting, and managing patients who receive LVADs or related equipment.

Dr. Mueller provided an in-depth look at the potentially life-threatening complications including thromboembolism, hemorrhage, right ventricular failure, and infection. He also reviewed factors that contribute to poor outcomes following LVAD implantation. He stressed that thorough preoperative evaluation is necessary to determine whether significant comorbidities exist that pose perioperative risk.

In conclusion, Dr. Mueller noted that LVADs improve patient outcomes and quality of life. However, he cautioned that complications persist due to pre-existing effects of advanced heart failure, the requirement for extensive surgery to implant the device, and the effects of the device in compromised patients. Dr. Mueller stressed the importance of patient selection and thorough evaluation in order to determine the appropriateness of LVAD implantation and to optimize outcomes.

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