Advanced heart failure: feasibility study of long-term continuous axial flow pump support.
AIMS: A lack of donor hearts has stimulated interest in using blood pumps to treat severe heart failure. We tested the hypothesis that a new continuous flow circulatory assist device could be employed safely to relieve symptoms of heart failure and evaluated the potential to prolong life. METHODS AND RESULTS: An intracardiac axial flow pump was implanted in 17 heart failure patients [idiopathic dilated (12), ischaemic (4), or amyloid cardiomyopathy (1)]. All were deemed ineligible for transp...Expand abstract
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