LVAD is a bridge to recovery in a surprising number of HF patients
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A significant portion of patients with advanced heart failure (HF) and left ventricular assist device (LVAD) history can reach cardiac and physical functioning within same range as healthy control patients.
These patients can actually have their LVADs removed.
Why this matters
LVADs usually serve as a bridge to transplantation, but some patients have shown signs of recovery even with end-stage HF, suggesting a role for LVAD as a bridge to recovery, too.
At baseline, healthy control patients had better functional measures.
37.5% (n=6) and 62.5% (n=10) of explanted LVAD patients, respectively, had peak exercise cardiac power output and peak exercise O2 consumption within ranges of age- and sex-matched healthy control patients.