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Special Issue "Heart Failure"
A special issue of Medicina (ISSN 1648-9144). This special issue belongs to the section "Cardiology".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2021) | Viewed by 20184
Special Issue Editors
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Interests: cardiothoracic surgery; heart failure; mechanical circulatory support
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Interests: heart failure surgery; heart and lung transplantation; ECLS; MCS (short and long term); minimally invasive cardiac surgery; reconstructive valve surgery; aortic surgery; bypass surgery; innovations in surgery
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Special Issue Information
Acute and chronic heart failure is a global medical issue, being a leading disease causing death worldwide. Next to recommended life-style optimization, such as healthy dietary habits in combination with moderate aerobic exercise for preventing heart disease in general, conservative treatment options for patients with diagnosed heart failure are limited to medical treatments that may lead to recovery or maintenance efforts in response to heart failure. Some individual patients may also benefit from operative revascularization, valve surgery, or cardiac resynchronization therapy. In recent decades, various mechanical circulatory support (MCS) devices have been increasingly used in selected therapy refractory patients as an upgraded stage of treatment, when conservative and other options are either limited, insufficient, or exhausted in terms of their effectiveness. Therefore, depending on the onset and severity of symptoms in cases of advanced heart failure, several MCS devices are now frequently used to achieve partial or full support for the affected ventricles.
In addition to short-term MCS options, including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP), and short-term ventricular assist device (VAD) systems, several long-term VAD devices have been developed and technically optimized over the last decades. Especially in the era of donor organ scarcity and permanently decreasing ideal donor heart numbers for patients with end-stage heart failure, the implantation of long-term MCS systems has become a mandatory part of therapeutic options.
Improvements in technical features, flow characteristics, and durability have led to significant benefits in terms of survival and device-related complications, as have the reduction in the sizes of these devices and, as a logical consequence, the improved surgical techniques that have reduced the invasiveness and trauma of surgery.
Rising numbers of interdisciplinary heart failure units with expertise in MCS are now capable of fully addressing therapeutic care of patients with acute or chronic heart failure. Moreover, a significant proportion of patients with severe heart or lung failure that are not primarily referred to specialized centers cannot be transported without mechanical support for further treatment in institutions with such opportunities; as a consequence, transportable short-term MCS systems are being increasingly used for transportation of such patients both from hospitals and from out-of-hospital locations.
In this context, this Special Issue addresses the current state of short- and long-term MCS systems and is intended to provide new insights into and aspects of clinical and experimental research from highly experienced centers all over the world. Along with permanent improvement in outcomes of patients with severe heart failure treated using MCS, further experience, scientific collaborations, as well as clinical and experimental investigations are paramount to further optimize survival and quality of life of this highly demanding patient population.
Dr. Anton Sabashnikov
Prof. Dr. Aron-Frederik Popov
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- heart failure
- inotropic support
- intra-aortic balloon pump
- extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
- ventricular assist device
- mechanical circulatory support
- cardiac transplantation