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LVADs May Confer Unfair Transplant Advantage

Mon, 04/30/2012 - 5:27am

A 30-day preference for heart transplantation given to patients with left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) may not be necessary and may put others on the waiting list at risk, researchers found.

Patients waiting for a transplant who were supported by dual inotropes and right heart monitoring had a threefold higher risk of adverse events compared with patients with LVADs, reported Todd Dardas, MD, from the University of Washington in Seattle, and colleagues.

Yet the odds of receiving a transplant were higher for those with LVADs (OR 1.5,P<0.0001), according to the study published online April 25 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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