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Tex Heart Inst J. 2006; 33(4): 490–491.
PMCID: PMC1764955

First Use of the TandemHeart® Percutaneous Left Ventricular Assist Device as a Short-Term Bridge to Cardiac Transplantation

Abstract

Advanced heart failure may be refractory despite aggressive support with inotropic agents and intra-aortic balloon pumping. Implantable left ventricular assist devices are increasingly being used as bridges to cardiac transplantation or as destination therapy because of the limited availability of donor organs. We report the 1st use of the TandemHeart® percutaneous ventricular assist device as a short-term bridge to cardiac transplantation.

Key words: Cardiomyopathy, circulatory assist devices, circulatory assistance, temporary, shock, cardiogenic/therapy, heart catheterization, heart failure, transplantation, heart

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