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Heart Transplantation in Frequently Recurrent Drug-Refractory Tachyarrhythmias: is it Worthwhile?

  • D. G. Benditt
  • V. Tholakahalli
  • S. Sakaguchi
  • C. Ermis
  • M.-T. Olivari
  • F. Lü
Conference paper

Abstract

Despite the fact that many cardiac transplantation candidates manifest potentially worrisome rhythm disturbances, refractory life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias (specifically ventricular tachyarrhythmias) are rarely the primary indication for cardiac transplantation. As a result, available clinical experience with this potential transplant indication is small. Nevertheless, as methods for stabilizing hemodynamics in the sickest heart failure patients progress (e.g., left ventricular assist devices (LVADs), ACORN left ventricular (LV) stenting, intractable cardiac arrhythmias may increasingly play a role in transplantation decision making. This communication examines the current status of cardiac arrhythmias as an indication for heart transplantation.

Keywords

Ventricular Arrhythmia Heart Transplantation Cardiac Transplantation Ventricular Tachyarrhythmia Brugada Syndrome 
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© Springer-Verlag Italia 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. G. Benditt
    • 1
  • V. Tholakahalli
    • 1
  • S. Sakaguchi
    • 1
  • C. Ermis
    • 1
  • M.-T. Olivari
    • 2
  • F. Lü
    • 1
  1. 1.Cardiac Arrhythmia Center, Department of Medicine, Cardiovascular DivisionUniversity of Minnesota Medical SchoolUSA
  2. 2.Minneapolis Heart InstituteMinneapolisUSA

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