Gupta DK, Skali H, Rivero J, Campbell P, Griffin L, Smith C, Foster C, Claggett B, Glynn RJ, Couper G, Givertz MM, Mehra MR, Di Carli M, Solomon SD, Pfeffer MA. Assessment of myocardial viability and left ventricular function in patients supported by a left ventricular assist device. The Journal of heart and lung transplantation : the official publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation. 2014 Apr;33(33). 372-81. PMID: 24582837 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC3966997 NIHMSID: NIHMS560876.
Chronically supported left ventricular assist device (LVAD) patients may be candidates for novel therapies aimed at promoting reverse remodeling and myocardial recovery. However, the effect of hemodynamic unloading with a LVAD on myocardial viability and LV function in chronically supported LVAD patients has not been fully characterized. We aimed to develop a non-invasive imaging protocol to serially quantify native cardiac structure, function, and myocardial viability while at reduced LVAD support.