Severe anaemia and subcapital femur fracture in a patient with Left Ventricular Assist Device Heart Mate II: the cardiologist's management of this rare patient


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Abstract

The use of Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs) has increased over the last decade because of the lack of healthy donor hearts. In this report we describe for the first time a patient with an LVAD Heart Mate II (HM II) implanted 6 months before admission, who initially suffered from severe anaemia and later on underwent a successful bipolar hip replacement owing to subcapital fracture of the right femur. The patient was managed successfully by a team approach, which included a cardiologist, anaesthesiologist, orthopaedic surgeon, and LVAD technician.

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