Innovations in Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Technology

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Dr. John Ikonomidis, Chief of the Cardiothoracic Surgery at MUSC Health, discusses innovations (smaller devices, pulsatile technology) in Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) technology and how the LVAD can act as bridge therapy for patients seeking a heart transplant.

Palliative Medicine for Preparedness Planning in Patients Receiving LVAD as Destination Therapy.

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Dr. Keith Swetz, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of General Internal Medicine and the Palliative Medicine program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, discusses his article appearing in the June 2011 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings on left ventricular assist devices as destination therapy. Available at: