Annals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Online ISSN : 2186-1005
Print ISSN : 1341-1098
ISSN-L : 1341-1098
Left Ventricular Recovery with Explantation of Continuous-Flow Left Ventricular Assist Device after 5 Years of Support
Andre CritsinelisChitaru KuriharaMasashi KawaboriTadahisa SugiuraAndrew B. CivitelloJeffrey A. Morgan
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Article ID: cr.18-00082

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Mechanical circulatory support may result in sufficient myocardial recovery to allow for explantation of the left ventricular assist device (LVAD). The duration of support associated with left ventricular recovery has generally been 6–12 months. In this report, we present a patient in whom the left ventricle recovered after 5 years of support with a LVAD. Our report demonstrates that long-term monitoring for left ventricular recovery is prudent and may allow for late device explantation.

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