The PulseCath iVAC 2L left ventricular assist device: conversion to a percutaneous transfemoral approach

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Abstract

Aims: This technical report describes the essentials and practical implantation technique of the completely percutaneous PulseCath iVAC 2L left ventricular assist device. Methods and results: Percutaneously inserted mechanical left ventricular assist devices are used for circulatory support during cardiogenic shock or high-risk percutaneous coronary interventions. The PulseCath concept is a novel pulsatile design that consists of an extracorporeal membrane pump connected to a large-bore catheter which is inserted across the aortic valve retrogradely into the left ventricle. A genuine intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) console drives the pulsatile pump. Conclusions: The percutaneous PulseCath iVAC 2L is driven by a genuine IABP console and provides more left ventricular support.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)835-839
Number of pages5
JournalEuroIntervention
Volume11
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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