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Case Presentation – Dr. David D’Alessandro, MD

Dr. David D’Alessandro, surgical director, heart transplantation and ventricular assist devices, at Massachusetts General Hospital, presents the case of a 44-year-old woman with COVID-19 who was treated using Impella 5.5 with SmartAssist.

At the time of admission patient presented with chest pain & shortness of breath.

 

Part 1 of the call

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Management of Patients During COVID-19 Crisis: Focus on Cardiovascular Complications

Drs. Seth Bilazarian and Dan Raess provide an update on the management of cardiovascular complications in COVID-19 patients, with a focus on sharing emerging research and best practices.

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Impella Support Improves Pulmonary Congestion in Cardiogenic Shock

Dr. Westenfeld speaking at the 2017 A-CURE Symposium on the clinical efficacy of left ventricular support by Impella during cardiogenic shock relieving pulmonary congestion.

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Prolonged Impella Mode of Action and Clinical implication

Dr. Tschöpe discusses the use of prolonged Impella support to successfully bridge patients through cardiogenic shock resulting from myocarditis.

  • Dr. Tschope presents clinical and Theoretical concepts regards the potential role of unloading to prevent ventricular remodeling in acute, severe viral myocarditis.
  • The presentation emphasizes the potential effect of unloading may be mediated via reduced inflammatory markers with resultant improvement in cardiac function and associated biopsy evidence of reduced inflammation.
  • While the presentation antedated the Coronavirus Pandemic, the principles may be applicable to a variety of viral etiologies with more experience.
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