Een steunhart: tot transplantatie of voor altijd?

Bas A. J. M. de Mol, Jaap Lahpor

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An artificial heart is a continuous-flow pump device with a constant output, which usually supports the left ventricle. Over the past five years, survival rates with an artificial heart have increased dramatically, but with an annual mortality of 10% per year compared with 6% for heart transplantation the artificial heart is mainly a 'bridge to transplantation' or an alternative for those patients who are not suitable for heart transplant, 'destination therapy'. It is anticipated that the number and severity of complications will decrease as a result of technological progress. The artificial heart could then become a long-term treatment option providing a good quality of life and thus become equivalent to a heart transplant
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)A7102
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Issue number51
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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