Patients experiencing acute heart failure, such as those who have undergone surgery or who have suffered a myocardial infarction, may have CADs installed. Patients in need of a heart transplant who experience cardiac dysfunction prior to the implantation of a suitable organ require circulatory care throughout this time.
A Cardiac Assist Devices may be withdrawn from certain individuals with dilative cardiomyopathy over a protracted period of assistance and when the patient's own heart has healed and is able to sustain blood flow. Patients who cannot obtain donor organs and whose own heart function does not return require permanent artificial circulatory support.
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