Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) for end stage heart failure

Development and Evaluation Committee
Record ID 32000008153
Authors' objectives:

To summarise the available evidence on the use of left ventricular assist devices in end stage heart failure.

Authors' recommendations: Left ventricular assist devices are potentially attractive in terms of the possible benefits to patients with end-stage heart failure, but the available evidence within the report is of very poor quality and the devices are expensive. Left ventricular assist devices are evolving rapidly and experience with their use is increasing in the UK. The Committee therefore felt that, although there was some suggestion of potential benefits, particularly from haemodynamic studies, the evidence was not of sufficient quality to reach a decision. The Committee noted a need for high quality evaluative research in this area, with duration and quality of life being primary outcome, and taking into account current UK practice and costs.
Authors' methods: Overview
Project Status: Completed
URL for project: http://www.wihrd.soton.ac.uk
Year Published: 1999
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: England
MeSH Terms
  • Cardiac Output
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart-Assist Devices
  • Ventricular Function, Left
Organisation Name: Wessex Institute for Health Research and Development
Contact Address: Pauline King. Wessex Institute for Health Research and Development, Boldrewood Medical School, Bassett Crescent East, Highfield, Southampton. SO16 7PX Tel. +44 1703 595661 Fax +44 1703 595662
Copyright: Wessex Institute for Health Research and Development (WIHRD)
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