Postoperative Management for Patients With Durable Mechanical Circulatory Support Devices

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Mechanical circulatory support devices have been approved as bridge to transplantation, as bridge to recovery, or as destination therapy to treat end-stage heart failure. The perioperative challenges for the anesthesiologist and the intensivist caring for these patients include device-related complications, hemodynamic instability, arrhythmias, right ventricular failure, and coagulopathy. Perioperative management in this high-risk population has a significant impact on patient outcomes. This review focuses immediate postoperative intensive care unit management of device-related complications.

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