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Ventricular Assist Devices as a Bridge to Transplant or Recovery

Kherani A.R.a,b · Maybaum S.d · Oz M.C.b,c,e
aDepartment of Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.; bDivision of Cardiothoracic Surgery, cDepartment of Surgery, dDivision of Circulatory Physiology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, N.Y.; eThe Cardiovascular Institute, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, N.Y., USA Cardiology 2004;101:93–103 (DOI:10.1159/000075989)


Ventricular assist devices have emerged as the standard of care in treating end-stage heart failure. Their success in bridging patients to transplantation is well documented. The data supporting their ability to bridge patients to recovery is sparser. However, as technology continues to advance, these devices will offer a high quality of life both in and out of the hospital setting, making them options for a broader spectrum of heart failure patients.


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