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In Vitro Evaluation of Shear-Induced Platelet Activation in the MicroMed DeBakey Ventricular Assist Device With Antiplatelet Therapy

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Jawaad Sheriff, Gaurav Girdhar, Sheela George, Wei-Che Chiu, Jolyon Jesty, Danny Bluestein

Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

Bryan E. Lynch

MicroMed Cardiovascular, Inc., Houston, TX

Marvin J. Slepian

Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NYUniversity of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Paper No. SBC2013-14088, pp. V01AT05A003; 2 pages
  • ASME 2013 Summer Bioengineering Conference
  • Volume 1A: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms; Active and Reactive Soft Matter; Atherosclerosis; BioFluid Mechanics; Education; Biotransport Phenomena; Bone, Joint and Spine Mechanics; Brain Injury; Cardiac Mechanics; Cardiovascular Devices, Fluids and Imaging; Cartilage and Disc Mechanics; Cell and Tissue Engineering; Cerebral Aneurysms; Computational Biofluid Dynamics; Device Design, Human Dynamics, and Rehabilitation; Drug Delivery and Disease Treatment; Engineered Cellular Environments
  • Sunriver, Oregon, USA, June 26–29, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5560-7
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Mechanical circulatory support (MCS) devices, which include ventricular assist devices (VADs), offer an attractive solution to approximately 35,000 end-stage heart failure patients eligible for transplants, of which only 2,000–2,300 are performed annually [1]. These devices are employed to augment the function of the ailing left and/or right ventricle and serve as bridge-to-transplant or destination therapy, but are often accompanied by thrombotic complications. Pathologic flow patterns are characteristic of VADs and increase susceptibility to shear-induced platelet activation, which leads to thrombus formation [2]. Patients implanted with such devices are routinely prescribed antiplatelets to tackle these complications. Despite this concurrent therapy, thromboembolic incident rates of 0.9–13% are reported for the widely-implanted Thoratec HeartMate II and MicroMed DeBakey VADs [3, 4]. This has spurred the development of design optimization techniques to lower or eliminate the incidence of thrombosis and reduce the dependence on pharmacotherapy management.

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