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VENTRICULAR ASSIST DEVICES

VENTRICULAR ASSIST DEVICES
Edited by Jeff rey H. Shuhaiber .
222 pages . 

Ventricular assist devices are here to stay and will stand the test of time. The imaginative 
frontier is a reality with multiple venues for active clinical, basic and translational 
research. Clinically applicable assist devices for short-, intermediate- and long-term 
support have improved signifi cantly in the last ten years. Current devices are downsizing
with enhanced durability and reliability. The associated complication burden 
including thomboembolism and hemolysis remain a limitation that is not insurmountable 
in the near future. Patient selection and technical surgical performance are the key 
aspects to successful surgical outcome following device insertion. The assist devices 
will continue adding a large number of years of life to humans globally and empower 
the medical society to optimize heart failure therapy. While expensive and cumbersome 
task, the foundation provided in this book refl ects a contemporary product of 
original research from a multitude of diff erent experts in the fi eld. The book has been 
organized into parts refl ecting the process by which the caring physician is involved. 
Part 1 identifies contemporary indications for device placement,  
part 2 reviews the 
role of echocardiographic imaging for ventricular assist device and mycoarium, part 3 
identifies current cellular research prior and following assist device support,  
part 4 reviews 
the various types of devices available and their effi cacy both with regard to short 
term and long term outcomes,  
part 5 reviews the three major complications following 
device insertion; infection, stroke and arrythmias, part 6 refl ects some thoughts on 
managing these patients following hospital discharge and part 7 provides most recent 
research on patients who had assist device explanted following heart transplantation.
We hope this cumulative international eff ort provides the necessary tools for both the 
novice as well as the active practitioner aiming to change the outcome of these complex 
patients.

Jeff rey H. Shuhaiber
Boston, Massachusetts 2011




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