Overcoming the Size Barriers in Pediatric Ventricular Assist Device Support

  • Author / Creator
    Conway, Jennifer
  • Mechanical circulatory support has become a therapeutic option for children with advanced heart failure. This type of support is often used to bridge patients to heart transplantation with approximately a third of all patients listed for transplant requiring some form of mechanical support. While there are a number of different devices to choose from the outcomes for the different devices may vary based on patient characteristics including size. Therefore a research program was established to address the following questions to help guide the management of pediatric patients with advanced heart failure: 1.What are the clinical characteristics of children <10Kg undergoing mechanical circulatory support (MCS) as a bridge to transplant? 2.How do infants <10Kg with cardiomyopathy (CM) vs. congenital heart disease (CHD) requiring MCS pre-transplant differ? 3.What are the outcomes for children <10Kg based on the first MCS device used as a bridge to transplant (ECMO vs.VAD)? 4.What are the clinical characteristics of pediatric patients receiving a Heartware HVAD System? 5.What are the outcomes of pediatric patients receiving a Heartware HVAD System? 6.Does the survival for children with a Heartware HVAD system differ based on body surface area (BSA ≤ 1m2 vs. >1m2)?

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    Spring 2021
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  • Degree
    Master of Science
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