GI bleeds prior to LVAD linked to threefold higher risk for later related hospitalization

Patients implanted with a left ventricular assist device as destination therapy and those with a prior history of gastrointestinal bleeding were at significantly higher risk for hospitalization due to recurrent bleeding, researchers noted.“This is the largest, multicenter study to date to explore the risk factors that result in recurrent GI bleeding in patients with LVAD implantation,” Joseph Dailey, MD, an internist at Tufts Medical Center’s division of gastroenterology, and colleagues wrote in Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology.LVADs act as a bridge to transplant —Read More

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