Journal article

Evaluation of platelet activation in patients supported by the Jarvik 2000 high-rotational speed impeller ventricular assist device

Christoph Loeffler, Andreas Straub, Nicole Bassler, Katharina Pernice, Friedhelm Beyersdorf, Christoph Bode, Michael P Siegenthaler, Karlheinz Peter

JOURNAL OF THORACIC AND CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY | MOSBY-ELSEVIER | Published : 2009

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The Jarvik 2000 (Jarvik Heart, Inc, New York, NY) is a thumb-sized high-speed impeller pump that is used as a ventricular assist device in patients with terminal heart failure. Because the Jarvik 2000 is designed for long-term use, it is a central question whether the mechanical forces inside the pump affect blood components. This study evaluated the potential association of the high rotational speed of the Jarvik 2000 with platelet activation, which may result in thromboembolic events. METHODS: The study group comprised patients with terminal heart failure who were supported with the Jarvik 2000. All were men and received 100 mg aspirin daily. In 8 patients, soluble platelet acti..

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