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Hypoxemia in a patient with biventricular HeartWare® ventricular assist devices

Author(s): Mariella Vélez-Martínez | Mary Ann Albaugh | Alpesh A. Amin | Jennifer T. Thibodeau | Pradeep P. A. Mammen | David W. Markham | Sharon C. Reimold | Mark H. Drazner | Leah J. McKinnon | Dan M. Meyer | Brian T. Bethea | Joseph D. Mishkin

Journal: Mechanical Circulatory Support
ISSN 2000-6993

Volume: 4;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: biventricular mechanical support | advanced heart failure | biventricular assist devices | HeartWare® | hypoxemia

We present the case of a 59-year-old Caucasian man with a nonischemic cardiomyopathy who underwent implantation of HeartWare® (HeartWare Inc., Framingham, MA) ventricular assist devices (HVAD) for biventricular support due to refractory cardiogenic shock after attempted ventricular tachycardia ablation. After implantation of biventricular HVADs, he developed hypoxemia that failed to correct with administration of supplemental oxygen. A patent foramen ovale (PFO) was discovered on postoperative transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE). Speed adjustment of both the right and left HVADs under TEE guidance allowed for spontaneous closure of the PFO and resolution of the hypoxemia.
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