Kathi Kinnett's Blog – January 2013 Archive (2)

Webinar Q&A: Ventricular assist device (VAD) use in Duchenne

On January 24, PPMD hosted the third in our series of four cardiac webinars. This webinar was dedicated to the subject of Ventricular assist device (VAD) use in patients with Duchenne. We were pleased to be joined by a panel of four outstanding surgeons who are all experts in the field of cardiothoracic surgery.

The four…

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Added by Kathi Kinnett on January 30, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) use in patients with Duchenne

End stage dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a known complication of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. DCM leads to end stage heart failure and the premature death of patients with Duchenne. Given recent advances in respiratory care, heart failure is the cause of death in more than 40% of patients with Duchenne.

 

A “ventricular assist device (VAD)” is a mechanical pump that is connected to the heart in order to support its function. The type of device that would be considered in…

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Added by Kathi Kinnett on January 16, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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