The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.
Case report| Volume 25, ISSUE 2, P253-255, February 2006

Intraperitoneal HeartMate Left Ventricular Assist Device Placement after Endovascular Repair of an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Published:January 06, 2006DOI:
      The presence of an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) can be a contraindication to placement of a HeartMate left ventricular assist device (LVAD) for end-stage heart failure. We describe a 65-year-old patient who underwent endovascular repair of an AAA before placement of a LVAD as destination therapy for end-stage heart failure. This case is the first report of endovascular AAA repair before VAD placement. It not only demonstrates the utility of endovascular AAA repair in patients with undue co-morbidities, but also that the presence of an AAA should not be a contraindication to LVAD placement, if corrected.
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