Mechanical circulatory support for the visually impaired: Is it appropriate?

Yazhini Ravi, Michael Firstenberg, Juan Crestanello, Chittoor Sai Sudhakar

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Abstract

Long-term mechanical circulatory support devices, especially left ventricular assist devices, are being increasingly utilized in the management of end-stage heart failure either as bridge to heart transplantation, recovery or as destination therapy. However, current technology for controllers and alarm systems for left ventricular assist devices does not permit their implantation in eligible patients with visual impairment. We report two patients in whom the decrease in visual acuity was a significant factor in determining eligibility for long-term mechanical circulatory support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-157
Number of pages3
JournalExpert Review of Medical Devices
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Left ventricular assist devices
Heart-Assist Devices
Vision Disorders
Alarm systems
Heart Transplantation
Visual Acuity
Heart Failure
Technology
Recovery
Equipment and Supplies
Controllers
Therapeutics

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Biomedical Engineering

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Mechanical circulatory support for the visually impaired : Is it appropriate? / Ravi, Yazhini; Firstenberg, Michael; Crestanello, Juan; Sai Sudhakar, Chittoor.

In: Expert Review of Medical Devices, Vol. 8, No. 2, 01.03.2011, p. 155-157.

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