Blood pressure management in mechanical circulatory support

J Thorac Dis. 2015 Dec;7(12):2125-8. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2072-1439.2015.11.05.


Durable mechanical support has become widely available for end stage heart failure as destination therapy and as bridge to transplantation. The accurate measurement of blood pressure (BP) as well as the recognition and management of hypertension in patients with continuous flow left ventricular assist devices (CF-VADs) is an essential component of optimal clinical care. Strategies for the control of BP in CF-VAD patients are increasingly important as there is an evolving understanding of the connection between hypertension, pump output, and adverse outcomes. As clinical experience grows, optimal BP targets, as well as methods to measure BP in CF-VAD patients have been further defined.

Keywords: Blood pressure (BP); continuous flow left ventricular assist device (CF-VAD); mean arterial pressure (MAP); mechanical circulatory support.

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