Mechanical ventricular support lowers pulmonary vascular resistance in a patient with congential heart disease

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  • Severely elevated pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) is a relative contraindication to orthotopic heart transplantation. A potential novel strategy to reverse elevated PVR may be implantation of a chronic left ventricular assist device with subsequent left ventricular unloading. We present a patient with elevated PVR secondary to congenital heart disease who was listed for heart-lung transplant. The patient underwent placement of biventricular assist devices and subsequently experienced marked reduction of PVR, ultimately enabling successful heart transplantation. © 2003 by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
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  • Petrofski JA; Hoopes CW; Bashore TM; Russell SD; Milano CA
  • Start Page

  • 1005
  • End Page

  • 1007
  • Volume

  • 75
  • Issue

  • 3