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Comparison of Novacor and HeartMate vented electric left ventricular assist devices in a single institution

Kalya, A.V.; Tector, A.J.; Crouch, J.D.; Downey, F.X.; McDonald, M.L.; Anderson, A.J.; Bartoszewski, C.J.; Hosenpud, J.D.

Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation: the Official Publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation 24(11): 1973-1975

2005


ISSN/ISBN: 1053-2498
PMID: 16297807
DOI: 10.1016/j.healun.2005.03.002
Accession: 011882048

We compared the survival outcomes, left ventricular assist device (LVAD)-related hospitalization, stroke, infection, panel reactive antibody, and blood product use data among 13 Novacor and 51 HeartMate system recipients. Stroke was significantly higher in Novacor patients, as was blood product use at the time of heart transplantation, likely due to long-term anti-coagulation, while the LVAD-related hospitalization and infections did not differ between the 2 groups. A positive panel reactive antibody was seen more among the HeartMate patients, but did not have a significant clinical impact and may not represent a true allosensitization.

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