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Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr. Robert Kormos discusses viable therapeutic options for patients with end-stage CHF and the evolution of cardiac support. Patients can now be co-managed with our team and local referring cardiologists allowing for greater patient and family freedoms and satisfaction.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • List  changes in technology and utilization of LVADS in the past two decades
  • Discuss LVAD as a mainstream therapy for chronic heart failure
  • Describe the trend for improving survival among destination therapy patients

Reading Resources:

1. Long-term mechanical circulatory support (destination therapy): on track to compete with heart transplantation? Kirklin JK, Naftel DC, Pagani FD, Kormos RL, Stevenson L, Miller M, Young JB. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012 Sep;144(3):584-603; discussion 597-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2012.05.044. Epub 2012 Jul 15.

2. Risk assessment for continuous flow left ventricular assist devices: does the destination therapy risk score work? An analysis of over 1,000 patients. Teuteberg JJ, Ewald GA, Adamson RM, Lietz K, Miller LW, Tatooles AJ, Kormos RL, Sundareswaran KS, Farrar DJ, Rogers JG. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2012 Jul 3;60(1):44-51. Epub 2012 Apr 25.

3. Predictors of death and transplant in patients with a mechanical circulatory support device: a multi-institutional study. Holman WL, Kormos RL, Naftel DC, Miller MA, Pagani FD, Blume E, Cleeton T, Koenig SC, Edwards L, Kirklin JK. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2009 Jan;28(1):44-50. Epub 2008 Dec 12.


Dr. Kormos has no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category .5 CreditsTM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.05) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 0.5 contact hour.

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Release Date: 11/15/2012 | Last Modified On: 11/27/2013 | Expires: 11/27/2014

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