The Importance of a Transition Strategy for ECMO Patients
Short courses of VA ECMO can be lifesaving for patients experiencing acute cardiorespiratory failure; however, prolonged support may lead to increased risk of morbidity and mortality. The new UNOS Adult Heart Allocation Policy heightens the importance of timely transition to a durable mechanical circulatory support device.
How Will the Revised UNOS Adult Heart Allocation System Impact MCS Device Recipients?
Starting in September 2018, the revised UNOS adult heart allocation system goes into effect. This post provides a brief overview of the changes to the medical urgency statuses of mechanical circulatory support (MCS) device recipients and offers additional resources for more information.
Use of the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart in Patients with Cardiac Tumors
The SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart (TAH) allows for complete resection of the ventricles, including in patients who have cardiac tumors with ventricular involvement, providing long-term support until heart transplantation is possible.
Emerging Use of CardioMEMS™ in SynCardia TAH Patients May Help Improve Transplant Timing and Outcomes
Several case studies suggest that real-time pulmonary artery (PA) pressure readings may provide accurate assessment of pulmonary pressure in patients implanted with the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart (TAH), which may facilitate medical management and assessment of timing for heart transplant — learn more about this emerging approach.