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Congest Heart Fail. 2006 Jan-Feb;12(1):41-5.

Managing the post-left ventricular assist device patient.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32610, USA.


The implantation of ventricular assist devices allows the opportunity for patients with intractable heart failure to have improved quality and quantity of life. The devices may be implanted after failed attempts to wean from bypass, as a bridge to transplantation, or as destination therapy. Key issues following the implantation of assist devices include the prevention of right ventricular failure, appropriate pharmacologic management, prevention and management of infection, and detection and treatment of device dysfunction.

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