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NEW ASPECTS OF VENTRICULAR ASSIST DEVICES

VENTRICULAR ASSIST DEVICES
Edited by Guillermo Reyes .
142 pages .

Ventricular assist devices are the future, but also the present. They are meant not only 
to increase the survival of patients, but also to improve their quality of life. The
technology that involves these devices improves every year. It is essential not only to 
choose the right patient for a VAD implantation, but also to know when is the right 
time to do it.
It is very important to be updated about the advances in VAD technology, the 
physiopathology of the assisted heart and the outcomes of patients who receive this 
therapy. Now VADs are available for short, intermediate and long term support. This 
means that a wide spectrum of patients may benefit from this therapy. The associated 
complications following the use of VAD will be reduced with the use of more modern 
devices, a better understanding of the physiopathology of the assisted heart and a 
better patient selection.
Numerous international authors have participated in the creation of this book. We 
have compiled their experience and their concern about ventricle assist device therapy.
In order to organize the book content two sections have been created. First part will 
focus on aspects concerning how the heart will behave when a VAD is implanted and 
some new aspects regarding VAD technology. Secondly, clinical outcomes and others 
aspects of patients are updated and commented in different ways.
I would like to thank especially the authors of this book. They have shared their 
experience, knowledge and time with all of us. To care for patients and spread our 
knowledge may be sometimes the first step to achieve our goal.

Dr. Guillermo Reyes
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery
La Princesa University Hospital, Madrid
Spain

CONTENTS :

Part 1 Physiopathology of Ventricular Assist Devices 1


Chapter 1 Importance of Arterial Conduit Function 
Assessment in Chronic Congestive Heart Failure: Predictors of True Circulatory Decompensation for
Optimal Timing of Mechanical Circulatory Support 3
Henryk Siniawski and Roland Hetzer

Chapter 2 Left Ventricular Assist Devices: 
Engineering Design Considerations 21
Marwan A. Simaan, George Faragallah, Yu Wang and Eduardo Divo

Chapter 3 Evaluation of Cardiac Function after VAD Implantation 43
John Terrovitis, Eleni Tseliou, Stavros Drakos and John Nanas

Part 2 Clinical Aspects of Ventricular Assist Devices 65


Chapter 4 Ventricular Assist Device: 
Emerging Modality for Long Term Cardiac Support 67
Rachit Shah, Sharath Kommu, Rohit Bhuriya and Rohit Arora

Chapter 5 Myocardial Recovery Following 
Left Ventricular Assist Device Therapy 83
M. Navaratnarajah, M. Ibrahim, M. Yacoub and C. Terracciano

Chapter 6 Risk Factor Analysis and Management of 
Cerebrovascular Accidents in Japanese Patients Supported by Left Ventricular Assist Device 105
Tomoko S. Kato, Kazuo Komamura, Ikutaro Nakajima, Ayako Takahashi, Noboru Oda and Masafumi Kitakaze

Chapter 7 Ventricular Assist Devices for Pediatric Heart Disease 115
Cenk Eray Yildiz .


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