Surgical treatment of end stage heart failure: LVAD

Department:     Cardio Thoracic Surgery, UMCG

Supervisor:        Michiel Erasmus MD PhD, Prof. Massimo Mariani PhDHart 2Hart 1

Heart failure is an increasing problem. Up till recently, heart transplantation was the only effective option to prolong survival of patients with heart failure. Nowadays it can be treated by placement of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD). In this workshop the problem of end stage heart failure, the related anatomy and concepts of different types of left ventricular devices are discussed (emergency placement and destination therapy). The technique of placement of an internal LVAD used for destination is showed on a cadaver. Four randomly selected students will assist in this operation and the rest of the participants will follow the placement closely on a live stream, supervised by a thoracic surgeon. Afterwards, four other students will show the relevant anat
omy of the heart to the rest of the participants.

At the end of this workshop, students will understand the entity of heart failure and the concepts and problems with LVAD therapy.