Approximately 5.7 million Americans are afflicted with heart failure, with a reported 670,000 new diagnoses each year . Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) function as a bridge to transplant therapy for advanced staged heart failure patients awaiting a donor heart. A pulsatile 50cc LVAD, Figure 1, is currently under development for cardiac support of patients with limited chest cavity size. Although the 50cc LVAD is functional in assisting a failing ventricle, complications such as thrombus formation may limit long term usage.
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A Particle Image Velocimetry Study of the Penn State 50cc Left Ventricular Assist Device: The Impact of Varying Heart Rate
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Navitsky, MA, Nanna, JC, Topper, SR, Deutsch, S, & Manning, KB. "A Particle Image Velocimetry Study of the Penn State 50cc Left Ventricular Assist Device: The Impact of Varying Heart Rate." Proceedings of the ASME 2011 Summer Bioengineering Conference. ASME 2011 Summer Bioengineering Conference, Parts A and B. Farmington, Pennsylvania, USA. June 22–25, 2011. pp. 295-296. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/SBC2011-53207
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