Fixed pulmonary hypertension (FPH) is a contraindication for heart transplantation (HTX). However, this condition might be reversed by continuous left-ventricular unloading with a left-ventricular assist device. We present a case of apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with extensive left-ventricular endocardial calcification and severe FPH (systolic pulmonary artery pressure, 102 mm Hg). To bridge the patient to candidacy for HTX, two Abbott HeartMate 3 ventricular assist devices were implanted in a total artificial heart (TAH) configuration ("HeartMate 6"). Before TAH implantation, an Abbott CardioMEMS pressure sensor was implanted to assess reversal of FPH before listing for HTX.
|Publication status||Published - 1 May 2022|
- Heart Failure/complications
- Heart Transplantation
- Heart Ventricles
- Heart, Artificial
- Heart-Assist Devices
- Hypertension, Pulmonary/surgery