What is the role of implantable left LVADs in the treatment of dilated cardiomyopathy?

Updated: Nov 28, 2018
  • Author: Vinh Q Nguyen, MD, FACC; Chief Editor: Gyanendra K Sharma, MD, FACC, FASE  more...
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Implantable left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have been proven as a standard of care for suitable candidates with advanced heart failure when a bridge to transplantation (BTT) is needed. LVADs have also been approved for permanent implantations (ie, as destination therapy [DT]) in patients who are not candidates for heart transplantation.

The HeartMate XVE LVAD (HeartMate I) and HeartMate II LVAD were approved for destination therapy by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2004 [122] and 2010, [123] respectively. [124]


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