This brief CME publication explores clinical evidence for the use of left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) in patients with advanced heart failure. It also reviews the evolution of LVADs from first-generation to third-generation devices and discusses therapeutic indications and contraindications for LVADs. Additionally, in a short introductory video, a faculty expert discusses approaches for identifying patients who may be candidates for LVADs and the evolving role of these devices in the treatment of advanced heart failure.
Jacob N. Schroder, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Director, Heart Transplantation Program
Co-Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery ICU
Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery