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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Published online: January 06, 2006
Accepted: August 29, 2005
Received in revised form: August 18, 2005
Received: April 22, 2005
© 2006 International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.