Pulmonary vascular hypertension (PVH) is a common complication of severe, long-lasting chronic heart failure. It is nowadays well recognized that PVH, nonresponsive to pharmacological approaches, is a risk factor for early and late mortality after heart transplant. Recent evidences in literature highlighted that in these patients chronic unloading with left ventricular assist device resulted in significant reduction of pulmonary vascular resistance, thus ultimately leading them to successful heart transplant. We described the case history of a 47-year-old man with ischemic cardiomyopathy who underwent uncomplicated Berlin Heart Incor implant for severe chronic heart failure and fixed PVH. Chronic unloading determined a rapid and dramatic improvement of PVH, and the patient underwent successful heart transplant after 5 months of mechanical support.
- Heart transplantation
- Left ventricular assist device
- Pulmonary hypertension
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine