Percutaneous Left Ventricular Assist Devices

Amit B. Sharma, Jason C. Kovacic, Annapoorna S. Kini

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Percutaneous left ventricular assist devices (P-LVADs) can be life saving and may permit the stabilization of a patient in cardiovascular collapse who would otherwise face imminent demise. For specific patients and clinical indications, or where a greater degree of hemodynamic support is required, numerous studies have demonstrated the feasibility and safety of the newer generation P-LVADs. The potential applications for P-LVADs have continued to expand, now including diverse uses such as support for cardiogenic shock, bridge to and following cardiac surgery, and more novel applications such as complex electrophysiologic mapping and ablation studies of unstable ventricular rhythms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609-622
Number of pages14
JournalInterventional Cardiology Clinics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes


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