Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Place of publication
Philadelphia, PA, United States
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Continued success with cardiac transplantation has led to expansion of the donor pool and broadening of recipient criteria. As older patients are accepted for transplantation, experience with mechanical bridge to transplant in the elderly has expanded, Review of the patient registries for three types of ventricular assist device allowed us to assess experience with these devices in the elderly (that is, aged over 60 years) population. Outcome, in terms of success of bridge to transplant and post-transplant survival, was excellent when compared with that in the general population, and supports the application of this technology to appropriate patients. These observations also support the concept of mechanical assistance as an alternative to cardiac transplant in the elderly.