Features  |   September 2015
Ventricular Assist Devices and Non-Cardiac Surgery in 2015
Author Affiliations
  • Sheela Pai Cole, M.D.
    Educational Track Subcommittee on Critical Care
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Cardiovascular Anesthesia / Technology / Equipment / Monitoring / Features
Features   |   September 2015
Ventricular Assist Devices and Non-Cardiac Surgery in 2015
ASA Monitor 09 2015, Vol.79, 22-25.
ASA Monitor 09 2015, Vol.79, 22-25.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that about 5.1 million people in the United States experience heart failure, and heart failure remains a leading cause of death, with one in nine deaths in 2009 attributed to the diagnosis.1  Furthermore, 50 percent of people diagnosed with heart failure are dead within five years of diagnosis. Financially, the ramifications of heart failure remain steep, with an estimated $32 billion each year spent in health care services and medications to treat heart failure, and missed days of work due to the condition.2 
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