Diagnosis and Management of LVAD Thrombosis

Edo Y. Birati, J. Eduardo Rame

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Abstract

Ventricular assist device (VAD) thrombosis is one of the most devastating complications for patients on mechanical assist devices, and has been occurring more frequently during the last 3 years for unknown reasons. The diagnosis of VAD thrombosis is challenging and requires knowledge of the various clinical presentations and high vigilance. The current review summarizes various aspects of VAD thrombosis, including possible mechanisms for the formation of VAD thrombus and its clinical presentation, and presents a suggested algorithm in diagnosing this entity, with therapeutic options. High awareness and knowledge of the variable clinical presentations of VAD thrombosis are essential in order to allow early diagnosis, which may decrease the morbidity and mortality associated with this complication.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes

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© 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York.

Keywords

  • Management
  • Thrombosis
  • Ventricular assist device

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