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New Guidelines Issued For Care Of Mechanical Circulatory Support Device Patients

Mechanical circulatory support (MCS) is a rapidly growing technology used to treat advanced heart failure. Thousands of patients worldwide have now undergone implantation of long- term MCS devices (MCSDs) that can enable them to return home and resume a normal lifestyle. The International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) convened an international panel of experts in all aspects of MCS care, which has developed practice guidelines to provide a common framework for the care and treatment of MCS patients...
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In conclusion, a debate exists on whether aging is a disease in itself. Some authors suggest that physiological aging (or senescence) is not really distinguishable from pathology, while others argue that aging is different from age-related diseases and other pathologies. It is interesting to stress that the answer to this question has important theoretical and practical consequences, taking into account that various strategies capable of setting back the aging clock are emerging. The most relevant consequence is that, if we agree that aging is equal to disease, all human beings have to be considered as patients to be treat...
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Right ventricular (RV) is a key driver of outcome in heart failure and pulmonary vascular disorders. Although the RV fails in response to an increased afterload, it has been shown to be affected in patients with left heart diseases in the absence of pulmonary hypertension (PH). Therefore, it is recommended to consider the RV and the pulmonary artery (PA) as a single unit, defined physiologically by RV-PA coupling. The aim of this study is to assess whether non-invasive RV-PA coupling may predict outcome in PAH and in LHD.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
We describe the design and rationale of a prospective multicenter registry aimed at collecting clinical data to be compared with retrospective control data to measure changes in outcomes and utility for surgeons when 3D printed models are used for planning VAD placement.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
Different groups have described an impaired activity of the growth hormone (GH) / insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) axis in chronic heart failure (CHF) and its relation to poor clinical status and outcome. Nonetheless, the role for GH as potential therapeutic tool in HF is still controversial. NT-proBNP levels have been used to identify HF patients and correlate with both disease severity and prognosis. We sought to investigate the cardiovascular effects of GH treatment in patients with CHF due to ischemic heart disease.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) due to left heart disease (LHD) is a marker of poor prognosis in patients with advanced heart failure.Fixed PH with elevated pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) is a major contraindication to heart transplantation.Continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (cf-LVADs) can reduce pulmonary pressures in patients with advanced heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF).The purpose of the study was to assess long-term effect of cf-LVAD on type II PH in HFrEF,and to evaluate the association of clinical and haemodynamic variables with PH persistence after LVAD implantation.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
In conclusion, senescence of vascular cells promotes the development of age-related disorders, including heart failure, diabetes, and atherosclerotic diseases, while suppression of vascular cell senescence ameliorates phenotypic features of aging in various models. Recent findings have indicated that specific depletion of senescent cells reverses age-related changes. Although the biological networks contributing to maintenance of homeostasis are extremely complex, it seems reasonable to explore senolytic agents that can act on specific cellular components or tissues. Several clinical trials of senolytic agents are currentl...
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In conclusion, senescence of vascular cells promotes the development of age-related disorders, including heart failure, diabetes, and atherosclerotic diseases, while suppression of vascular cell senescence ameliorates phenotypic features of aging in various models. Recent findings have indicated that specific depletion of senescent cells reverses age-related changes. Although the biological networks contributing to maintenance of homeostasis are extremely complex, it seems reasonable to explore senolytic agents that can act on specific cellular components or tissues. Several clinical trials of senolytic agents are currentl...
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A fifty-five year old woman was admitted with palpitations on a background of heterotopic heart transplantation performed thirteen years earlier for severe heart failure due to ischemic heart disease. A dual-chamber permanent pacemaker (PPM) had been implanted in her native heart as a component of her pre-transplant management. Her post-transplant course included one early episode of cellular rejection and late allograft coronary vasculopathy requiring percutaneous coronary intervention. The left ventricular ejection fraction of the donor heart was forty percent.
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
AbstractOur objective was to understand the scope of pediatric heart failure (HF) and the current staffing environment of HF programs. An online survey was distributed to members of the Pediatric Heart Transplant Study and the Pediatric Council of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. All participants received the primary 23-question survey. Additionally, HF program directors received a 32-question supplemental survey. Of 235 invitations sent, there were 69 (29%) primary surveys and 34 program director surveys completed (24 U.S. programs, 9 outside non-U.S., and one non-specified location). A formal...
Source: Pediatric Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
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