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Implanted cardiac support devices

This topic is part of the E-learning programme (ESCeL) on Acute Cardiovascular Care which offers a portfolio of 79 chapters.

The topic comprises four core courses which when completed provide a detailed overview of the management of the critically ill patient with an implanted cardiac support device. The aim is to improve knowledge in this area thereby improving patient outcomes in patients with advanced heart failure.

These courses are based on the textbook chapter: ‘Implanted Cardiac Support Devices’ of the the ESC Textbook of Intensive and Acute Cardiovascular Care, 2nd Edition 2015 by Andrew C Morley-Smith, André R Simon and John Pepper

What’s inside?

Four courses on:

  • Evolution and Classification of Mid/Long-term VAD
  • Appropriate candidate choice for VAD therapy
  • VAD Complications: prevention and management
  • Emergency management of the long term VAD patient


Each course ends with a MCQs test.

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