Echocardiography in Patients with Ventricular Assist Devices
Cardiac assist devices and mechanical circulatory supports (MCSs) play an important role in the management of end-stage heart disease.
MCSs are mechanical pumps to support or replace the ventricular heart function.
In patients who are candidate for MCSs implantation: echocardiography is the first-line imaging modality for patient selection, pre implantation, during implantation and after implantation to optimize the device settings. In this chapter, we will review role of echocardiography in patients who are candidate for ventricular assist devices (VADs) implantation.
KeywordsEchocardiography Ventricular assist devices Biventricular assist devices Right ventricular assist devices Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) Inflow-cannula abnormality Pump malfunction Pump arrest
American society of echocardiography
Color flow imaging
Food and drug administration
Left ventricular assist device
Left ventricular assist devices
Left ventricular ejection fraction
Left ventricular internal diameter
Mechanical circulatory supports
Patent foramen ovales
Ventricular assist devices
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