The Role of Echocardiography in the Management of Patients Undergoing a Ventricular Assist Device Implantation and/or Transplantation [chapter]

Tomoko Kato, Takashi Nishimura, Shunei Kyo, Kenji Kuwaki, Hiroyuki Dada, Atsushi Amano
2016 Echocardiography in Heart Failure and Cardiac Electrophysiology  
Heart transplantation (HTx) is a curative treatment for patients with advanced heart failure (HF); however, since transplant opportunities are severely limited due to donor shortage, the left ventricular assist device (LVAD) has become a standard therapy for patients awaiting HTx. The role of echocardiography as a primary imaging modality to monitor the allograft function in transplant recipients as well as to optimize LVAD settings in LVAD recipients has been expanding. The purpose of this
more » ... ew is to highlight the clinical role of echocardiography in the management of patients undergoing LVAD implantation and/or HTx. In particular, we overview (1) how to detect LVAD malfunction and device-associated complication in LVAD recipients and (2) echocardiographic assessments of cardiac allograft rejection in transplant recipients.
doi:10.5772/65095 fatcat:pjnz5inkjngt5odosbkol7jcxq