Long-term Cardiac Support with the HeartMate® Vented Electric Left Ventricular Assist System
Over the past 30 years extensive research and development efforts have been aimed at chronic cardiovascular disease, a major health problem in the United States. Although numerous advances have been made in medical and surgical therapy, as well as in preventive medicine, finding a definitive treatment for chronic end-stage heart failure continues to be a great challenge. Current therapies are mostly palliative, and the manifestations of heart failure progress until death. Because a cure for cardiovascular disease is not likely in the near future, the goals of therapy should be to extend life and to improve the quality of life. To achieve these goals the therapy must be reliable, cost-effective, relatively easy to implement and maintain, and able to provide a near physiologic level of support.
KeywordsPulmonary Capillary Wedge Pressure Chronic Heart Failure Patient Circulatory Support Blood Pump Mechanical Circulatory Support
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