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Mechanical Circulatory Assistance

February 28, 2018
A retrospective Mount Sinai small series on selective emergent implantation of long-term ventricular assist devices  in cardiogenic shock. It challenges the traditional concept of short-term stabilisation with ECMO or short-term support, and is likely to generate criticism and discussions.
February 21, 2018
A well-written, brief, pessimistic editorial on the loss of surgeon autonomy in innovation.
February 6, 2018
Om Prakash Yadava and Gino Gerosa discuss devices and evolving technologies in mechanical cardiac support.
January 2, 2018
A sobering editorial, read last May at the AATS, that discusses at length the ethics of ventricular assist as a super expensive therapy seen from the principle of fairness.
October 12, 2017
Rajamiyer Venkateswaran of the Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester, UK, asks whether it is possible to predict when a patient undergoing high-risk cardiac surgery will need postoperative mechanical circulatory support. He also discusses his institution's approach to transfering a patient to mechanical circulatory support.
October 12, 2017
The Impella RP device was approved by the FDA for use as a temporary percutaneous assist for  the right ventricle, as announced by Abiomed.  Use is approved for up to 14 days for a variety of indications including post MI, heart transplant, open heart surgery, or right heart failure after LVAD implant.
October 6, 2017
A stimulating editorial triggered by tri-species autopsy work on angiodysplasia potentially attributable to continuous-flow LVAD. Dr Birks discusses the findings and appears open to the suggestion that LVAD per se is a cause of gastrointestinal angiodysplasia and thence  bleeding, as opposed to the anticoagulation for LVAD.
September 19, 2017
The authors queried the UNOS heart transplantation database to determine if LVAD device-related complications (DRCs) were associated with worse postoperative graft survival.  The 5 categories of DRCs were as follows:  device thrombosis, infection, device malfunction, life-threatening arrhythmias, and others.  
June 24, 2017
Please make sure that you are aware of this recall for testing of System CS100, CS100i and CS300 Intra-aortic Balloon Pumps for electrical testing. 

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