Heart Failure and Guideline-Directed Medical Therapy in LVAD Patients

Wednesday, 17 November, 2021, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. EDT

Management of heart failure does not cease after durable MCS implantation and long-term untreated heart failure and persistent congestion can impact MCS morbidity and mortality. During this webinar, speakers will discuss the evaluation of hemodynamics and biomarkers in this patient population and how to optimize pump parameters to mitigate symptoms and optimize the patient-pump interaction. Additionally, speakers will discuss recent additions to the guideline directed medical therapy armamentarium for heart failure and how data from the heart failure literature can be extrapolated to durable MCS patients. Lastly, recovery, both full and partial will be discussed, and how this further impacts the patient-pump interaction.

Scientific Program

Palak Shah, MD, MS
Edward Horn, PharmD

Welcome and Introductions
Palak Shah, MD, Inova Heart and Vascular Institute, Falls Church, VA, USA

Failure and Optimization: Using Biomarkers, Hemodynamics, and Echocardiography to Optimize the Pump
Manreet Kanwar, MD, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
This speaker will discuss LVAD optimization techniques and monitoring parameters to ensure continued effective patient-pump interactions.

Heart Failure Medical Therapy in 2021: How does this apply to my LVAD patient?
Douglas Jennings, PharmD, NY Presbyterian/Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
The speaker will describe how the current milieu of heart failure therapy applies to durable MCS patients.

Partial Recovery Should be the Goal for All Patients after LVAD Implant
Evgenij Potapov, MD, PhD, German Heart Center, Berlin, Germany
The speaker will discuss how best to achieve partial recovery and why this is critical for long term LVAD patient survival.

Live Q&A Segment Led by Moderators
Including above speakers, plus:
  • Thomas Schl√∂glhofer, MSc., Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  • Angela Lorts, MD, MBA, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA

Closing Remarks
Edward Horn, PharmD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

ISHLT Announcements
Greg Schultz, ISHLT CEO

Continuing Education Information

There will be no continuing education available for this webinar.