Background: The Combined Registry has existed since 1985 with a design toward the voluntary submission of data from centers undertaking mechanical circulatory assistance. Methods: The compiled results of the Combined Registry for the Clinical Use of Mechanical Ventricular Assist Pumps and the Total Artificial Heart was reviewed and subjected to strict statistical evaluation. Results: More than 2000 implanted devices have been reported through January 1994, and 584 of these have been placed with the intention of bridge to heart transplantation. Nearly 70% of these patients have subsequently undergone heart transplantation, and 69% of those patients have survived to discharge from the hospital. Outcome statistics continue to favor isolated left ventricular support, although only discharge rates are significantly improved over right (p = 0.01) or biventricular assistance (p < 0.001) and the total artificial heart (p < 0.001). Within the group of left ventricular devices no individual mode of support proved advantageous over the others for transplantation or discharge rates. The 30-day mortality for all devices is approximately 36%, which remains much higher than that for orthotopic heart transplants. Isolated left ventricular support, however, had a 30-day mortality of only 9% with similar improvement in 12- and 24-month survival. Conclusions: These data show the continued success with these devices for bridging critically ill patients to transplantation. Additionally, it supports the ongoing development of devices implanted for long-term use, which might replace orthotopic transplantation for those patients currently deemed marginal candidates.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1995|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine