Percutaneous Ventricular Assist Device and Extracorporeal Life Support (ECMO)

Understand the benefits and challenges of mechanical circulatory support for endstage heart failure patients and shock patients. Learn to identify the issues and gaps of patient assesment for surgical treatment, clarify risks and benefits of mechanical assist device surgery, and deliniate complications, benefits and outcomes of left ventricular assist devices.

Akinobu Itoh, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Surgical Director of Heart Translplant and Ventricular Assist Device
Director of ECLS Program
Washington University School of Medicine

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