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Left ventricular assist devices: current controversies and future directions.

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Published:7th Dec 2016
Author: Schumer EM, Black MC, Monreal G, Slaughter MS.
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Ref.:Eur Heart J. 2016 Dec 7;37(46):3434-3439.
DOI:10.1093/eurheartj/ehv590.

Advanced heart failure is a growing epidemic that leads to significant suffering and economic losses. The development of left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) has led to improved quality of life and long-term survival for patients diagnosed with this devastating condition. This review briefly summarizes the short history and clinical outcomes of LVADs and focuses on the current controversies and issues facing LVAD therapy. Finally, the future directions for the role of LVADs in the treatment of end-stage heart failure are discussed.

 

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