Left Ventricular Assist Devices: Psychosocial Challenges in the Elderly

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Abstract

As the baby boom generation ages, the number of people with heart failure is expected to rise exponentially. A rapid increase in the demand for heart transplants will result in an increased use of left ventricular assist devices. This case illustrates the challenges facing transplant teams in evaluating elderly heart failure patients as candidates for assist devices. The critical elements of a psychosocial assessment are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e48-e49
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Volume88
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2009

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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