An estimated 82.6 million American adults live with one or more forms of cardiovascular disease and in past years, it was the cause of over 55% of all deaths in the United States, more than any other type of major disease . With a limited number of available donors, heart transplants are seldom an option. As a result, ventricular assist devices (VADs) have become a viable alternative to immediate transplant. Today, VADs are widely used as bridge-to-recovery, bridge-to-transplant and destination therapy devices. Despite past improvements in VAD design, a major complication that continues to arise is thrombus formation within the pump.
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A Correlative Study of Fluid Mechanics and Evidence of Thrombus Formation Within the Penn State 50 CC Left Ventricular Assist Device
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Topper, SR, Navitsky, MA, Siedlecki, CA, Deutsch, S, Rosenberg, G, & Manning, KB. "A Correlative Study of Fluid Mechanics and Evidence of Thrombus Formation Within the Penn State 50 CC Left Ventricular Assist Device." Proceedings of the ASME 2012 Summer Bioengineering Conference. ASME 2012 Summer Bioengineering Conference, Parts A and B. Fajardo, Puerto Rico, USA. June 20–23, 2012. pp. 783-784. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/SBC2012-80576
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