Sanjay Orathi Patangi1, Anthony George1, Henning Pauli1, Denis O'Leary1, Chandrika Roysam1, Tanveer Butt2, Stephan Schueler2, Mahesh Prabhu1, Guy MacGowan3
1 Department of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia, Freeman Hospital, High Heaton, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE7 7DN, United Kingdom
2 Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Freeman Hospital, High Heaton, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE7 7DN, United Kingdom
3 Department of Cardiology, Freeman Hospital, High Heaton, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE7 7DN, United Kingdom
Left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) are increasingly used for mechanical circulatory support of patients with severe heart failure, primarily as a bridge to heart transplantation. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) plays a major role in the clinical decision making during insertion of the devices and in the post-operative management of these patients. The detection of structural and device-related mechanical abnormalities is critical for optimal functioning of assist device. In this review article, we describe the usefulness of TEE for optimal perioperative management of patients presenting for HeartWare LVAD insertion.
Freeman Hospital, Freeman Road, High Heaton, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE7 7DN
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