Management of Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs) (Advances in the Management of Oncology, Stem Cell- and Solid Organ-Transplant Patients)

While the demand for heart transplantation has increased, the limited availability of hearts has remained constant. In order to bridge this gap, VADs are being used to enable patients to survive until a heart becomes available or in some cases, to extend the lives of patients who do not qualify for a heart transplant. Managing patients on chronic VAD support requires regular patient follow-up and multidisciplinary care teams. This presentation will review management strategies to reduce morbidity and mortality in heart failure patients supported chronically with VADs, and describe candidate selection, outpatient strategies to optimize device performance, complications that warrant close monitoring, heart failure management and currently available devices.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to

  1. Review management strategies to reduce morbidity and mortality in heart failure patients supported chronically with VADs
  2. Describe candidate selection, outpatient strategies to optimize device performance and complications that warrant close monitoring
  3. Provide an overview of the current ventricular assist devices available

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Faculty Listing
Mark L. Barr, MD
Associate Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Co-Director, Cardiothoracic Transplantation
Associate Director, Cardiothoracic Surgical Research
University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
Los Angeles, California

Disclosures
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Financial Relationship Key
A-Advisory Board
C-Consultant
E-Employee
G- Grant/Research Support
I-Stocks and Other Ownership Interests
S-Speakers’ Bureau
O-Other Financial or Material Support
N-Nothing to disclose


Resolution Key
R1-Restricted to Best Available Evidence
R2-Removed/Altered Financial Relationship
R3-Refrain from Recommending Products or Services
R4-Peer Review of Presentation
R5-Ensure that content is independent of commercial bias
R6-Recommend an alternative speaker for this topic for the planning committee’s consideration
N/A-Not Applicable

 

Last Name

First Name

Disclosure

Resolution

Role

Chart-Hart

Sarah

UnitedHealth Group (E) (I)

N/A

Planner

Gleason

Rebecca

UnitedHealth Group (E) (I)

N/A

Planner

Lindberg

Barbara

UnitedHealth Group (E) (I)

N/A

Planner

AbecassisMichaelNN/APlanner

Bishop

Michael

Celgene (S), Novartis (C)

RI

Planner

Barr

Mark

N

N/A

Speaker

Provided By
This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education.

Commercial Support
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Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, nurses, case managers, and other healthcare professionals.

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 Attendance
  • 1.00 CCMC - General
Activity opens: 
10/31/2013
Activity expires: 
10/31/2015
Rating: 
0

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 Attendance
  • 1.00 CCMC - General
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