Heart failure is a growing epidemic, with more patients living longer and suffering from this disease. There is a growing segment of patients who have persistent symptoms despite pharmacologic therapy. In an era when transplants are rare, the need for devices and interventions that can assist ventricular function is paramount. This review goes through the devices used in heart failure, including left ventricular reconstruction, aortic counterpulsation, short-term mechanical circulatory support, long-term mechanical circulatory support, and right heart interventions.
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- Heart failure
- Ventricular assist devices