Echo flow measurements help pinpoint LVAD pump thrombosis

10/15/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

Even with anticoagulants, patients with continuous-flow left-ventricular assist devices may develop pump thrombosis, a complication that could be flagged with echocardiographic data. Systolic and diastolic flow measurements can indicate possible pump failure, and echocardiographic data could help monitor treatment response in patients with pump thrombosis who don't yet need device replacement, according to a study published in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging.

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