Successful weaning of a left ventricular assist device implanted for ischemic heart failure.
Summary of "Successful weaning of a left ventricular assist device implanted for ischemic heart failure."
We report the case of a patient stabilized under extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation after a refractory cardiogenic shock following myocardial infarction. Persistent left ventricular failure required secondary implantation of the left ventricular assist device (LVAD) HeartMate II. LVAD succeeded in the gradual recovery of myocardial contractility, allowing weaning of the device five months after implantation. Simultaneously, the patient beneficiated from coronary revascularization and resumed normal activity. This case emphasizes potential late recoveries after myocardial infarction complicated by left ventricular failure. Keywords: Myocardial infarction; Ischemic heart failure; Left ventricular assist device.
Groupe Hospitalier Pitié Salpêtrière, APHP, Univ. Paris 6, Paris, France.
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Name: Interactive cardiovascular and thoracic surgery
- PubMed Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20650956
- DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1510/icvts.2010.243501
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
A form of CARDIAC MUSCLE disease, characterized by left and/or right ventricular hypertrophy (HYPERTROPHY, LEFT VENTRICULAR; HYPERTROPHY, RIGHT VENTRICULAR), frequent asymmetrical involvement of the HEART SEPTUM, and normal or reduced left ventricular volume. Risk factors include HYPERTENSION; AORTIC STENOSIS; and gene MUTATION; (FAMILIAL HYPERTROPHIC CARDIOMYOPATHY).
Isolated Noncompaction Of The Ventricular Myocardium
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Ventricular Dysfunction, Left
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