The Clinical Implication of Transcranial Doppler Detection of Microembolic Signals in Patients with Heartmate II
We aimed to elucidate the clinical relevance of transcranial Doppler (TCD) in the detection of microembolic signals in patients with Heartmate II (HM-II). Twenty patients with HM-II underwent TCD examinations, and microembolic signals were rarely detected in stable patients. However, they were detected in patients with hemolysis and/or thromboembolic events. Further, TCD examination under oxygen inhalation revealed that, both, solid emboli and gaseous emboli exist in patients with HM-II.