Ethical Analysis of Withdrawing Ventricular Assist Device Support

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Paul S. Mueller, MD, Chair of the Division of General Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, discusses his article entitled “Ethical Analysis of Withdrawing Ventricular Assist Device Support” (available at: http://tinyurl.com/27rlvku ), which was published Online First by Mayo Clinic Proceedings. He argues that the cause of death after withdrawal of ventricular assist device support is not euthanasia because the patient dies of the underlying disease.