Mechanical circulatory support

Roy S. Gardner, Theresa A. McDonagh and Niki L. Walker

in Heart Failure

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2014 | ISBN: 9780199674152
Published online August 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191781803 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Specialist Handbooks in Cardiology

Mechanical circulatory support

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Mechanical circulatory support (MCS) is a collection of technologies that offer short- or long-term ventricular assistance for patients with heart failure. Ventricular assist devices (VADs) are available to support the left ventricle (LVAD), right ventricle (RVAD), or both (BiVAD). In reality, LVADs account for the vast majority of long-term VADs. This chapter describes the current short and long term devices available and their indications, including bridge to transplantation and destination therapy.

Chapter.  2987 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine ; Critical Care

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