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Heart Views. 2010 Jun-Aug; 11(2): 74–76.
PMCID: PMC3000918

Echocardiography in Left Ventricular Assist Device


LVAD = Left Ventricular Assist Device; LV = Left Ventricle; LA = Left Atrium; AO = Aorta

Keywords: Left Ventricular Assist Device, Heart Failure, Surgery, Echocardiography

A 41-year-old male Indian patient was admitted to our hospital due to refractory congestive heart failure. The patient received a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) as destination therapy. The images show the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative echocardiography findings [Figures [Figures115].

Figure 2
(a) Intraoperative tranesophageal echocardiography at 115° showing the LVAD inflow conduit from the LV apex (arrows) and (b) the color flow in the conduit (arrows)

Figure 3
Intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography at 115°, showing the outflow conduit of the LVAD into the ascending aorta (arrows)

Figure 4
Post-LVAD implantation M mode echocardiogram of the aortic valve and left atrium shows closed aortic cusps throughout systole and diastole (v), denoting the well-functioning LVAD

Figure 1
Preoperative M mode study showing a low cardiac output pattern of the (a) Preoperative M-mode study showing a low cardiac output pattern of the aortic valve, (b) Low output pattern of mitral valve, and (c) Dilated left ventricle (LV) with low output pattern ...
Figure 5
Diagram showing the LVAD and its inflow and outflow conduits.

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