This is an all-in-one guide to mechanical assist devices for the treatment of heart failure. This complete guide addresses all of the clinical scenarios encountered by the health care team during the pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative periods following device implantation. In addition, it outlines the specific attributes of various technologies that are currently utilized by clinicians, giving you a practical view of how the latest devices work. You'll also find a mini-catalog of the spectrum of current devices, complete with their technical and clinical specifications. Drawing on the latest published data and the combined global expertise of a renowned author team, "Mechanical Circulatory Support" puts the field's most essential perspectives right at your fingertips. This is the unmatched mechanical circulatory device sourcebook, covering the physiological, technical, regulatory, and clinical aspects of ventricular assist devices. Full-color presentation features a wide range of photographs, radiographs, tables, and clearly labeled clinical and schematic illustrations. Essential insights into the physiology of heart failure, provides a basic foundation of knowledge for understanding the role of mechanical circulatory assistance in the management of heart failure Logical two-part organization consisting of: Clinical Considerations in mechanical circulatory support, including device history/development and indications for device therapy; perioperative management; complications; and special considerations (use in infants/children, pulmonary hypertension during LVAD support, and more); Device-Specific Considerations, which provides a mini-catalog of manufacturer's devices - from short-term devices to long-term continuous flow devices - and highlights technical and clinical specifications for each product. Guide to appropriate device selection using a simplified framework in an industry produces an increasing array of short- and long-term therapies. Helpful chapter introductions provide essential background information that places each chapter topic in its proper clinical and technical context. Conclusions at the end of each chapter offer a concise summary of chapter material. Full chapter-ending references provide opportunities for further research.