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Deactivation of left ventricular assist device (LVAD) after recovery of cardiac function: a case report
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  • HANI ALKATTAN,
  • Ulf Kjellman,
  • Nedim Selimovic,
  • Ahmed Al Omrani,
  • Abdullah Alghamdi
HANI ALKATTAN
National Guard Health Affairs
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Ulf Kjellman
National Guard Health Affairs
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Nedim Selimovic
National Guard Health Affairs
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Ahmed Al Omrani
National Guard Health Affairs
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Abdullah Alghamdi
King Abdulaziz Cardiac Center
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Abstract

Recovery of heart function during support with durable LVAD is uncommon, and there are few reports of cases that address the issue of eliminating the LVAD without the need for a heart transplant. Radical surgical removal of the LVAD may cause distortion of left ventricular cavity and thus affect its function, in addition to the associated risks of the operation. Innovative ways to de-activate the LVAD, relying mainly on implantation of vascular plugs in the outflow graft have been used. Few reports have shown the success of this method. In this case report, we review the story of a young patient with advanced heart failure, who underwent LVAD implantation, and after 6-month, there was a dramatic improvement of heart function that enabled successful de-activation of the device.

Peer review status:ACCEPTED

12 Feb 2021Submitted to Journal of Cardiac Surgery
15 Feb 2021Submission Checks Completed
15 Feb 2021Assigned to Editor
20 Feb 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
20 Feb 2021Editorial Decision: Revise Major
04 Mar 20211st Revision Received
06 Mar 2021Submission Checks Completed
06 Mar 2021Assigned to Editor
06 Mar 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
18 Apr 2021Editorial Decision: Accept