Risk Factors for Mechanical Circulatory Support Use and Risk Assessment

Rajakrishnan Vijayakrishnan, Emma J. Birks

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Risk factor analysis is a very important component in the evaluation process of advanced heart failure therapies like durable mechanical circulatory support (MCS) and heart transplantation. The risk factor analysis includes assessment of severity of heart failure, cardiac and noncardiac factors, transplant candidacy, and ventricular assist device (VAD) operative risks. Careful assessment of risk factors results in early interventions which positively impact the outcomes after VAD and total artificial heart implantation. The utilization of multidisciplinary team approach is critical in evaluation process.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMechanical Support for Heart Failure
Subtitle of host publicationCurrent Solutions and New Technologies
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783030478094
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

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© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020.


  • Frailty
  • INTERMACS profile
  • LVAD
  • Right ventricular failure (RVF)
  • Risk factor analysis
  • Risk scores
  • TAH
  • Transplant candidacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Health Professions


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