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Minim Invasive Surg. 2011;2011:604397. doi: 10.1155/2011/604397. Epub 2011 Jul 31.

Percutaneous ventricular assist devices: new deus ex machina?

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  • 1Cardiology Unit, University Medical Center, University of Fribourg, 1708 Fribourg, Switzerland.

Abstract

The development of ventricular assist devices has broadened the means with which one can treat acute heart failure. Percutaneous ventricular assist devices (pVAD) have risen from recent technological advances. They are smaller, easier, and faster to implant, all important qualities in the setting of acute heart failure. The present paper briefly describes the functioning and assets of the most common devices used today. It gives an overview of the current evidence and indications for left ventricular assist device use in cardiogenic shock and high-risk percutaneous coronary intervention. Finally, extracorporeal life support devices are dealt with in the setting of hemodynamic support.

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PMC3197007
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