Clinical Strategies and Outcomes in Advanced Heart Failure Patients Older Than 70 Years of Age Receiving the HeartMate II Left Ventricular Assist DeviceA Community Hospital Experience

Publication year: 2011
Source: Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Volume 57, Issue 25, 21 June 2011, Pages 2487-2495

Robert M., Adamson , Marcia, Stahovich , Suzanne, Chillcott , Sam, Baradarian , Joseph, Chammas , …

 Objectives: The primary objective of this study was to determine outcomes in left ventricular assist device (LVAD) patients older than age 70 years. Background: Food and Drug Administration approval of the HeartMate II (Thoratec Corporation, Pleasanton, California) LVAD for destination therapy has provided an attractive option for older patients with advanced heart failure. Methods: Fifty-five patients received the HeartMate II LVAD between October 5, 2005, and January 1, 2010, as part of either the bridge to transplantation or destination therapy trials at a community hospital. Patients were divided into 2 age groups: ≥70 years of age (n = 30) and <70 years of age (n...