Implantable left ventricular assist device for end-stage heart failure


Columbia University College Of Physicians and Surgeons


Eric Rose, MD, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons


Rose and colleagues from Columbia University Medical Center led the Randomized Evaluation of Mechanical Assistance for the Treatment of Congestive Heart Failure (REMATCH) study group to study the feasibility of using an implantable left ventricular assist device (LVAD) to provide long-term circulatory support for patients with end-stage heart failure who were ineligible for surgery. Results of the study, published in New England Journal of Medicine, revealed that an implantable device (HeartMate) was associated with significant improvements in survival and quality of life compared with medical therapy alone.