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Does Everyone Need High Technology Intervention Before They Die?

Published:October 25, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1053/j.semtcvs.2022.02.012
      A persistent problem in cardiothoracic surgery, as in all of medicine, is when to offer or to withhold expensive technologies. The ethical requirement of balancing harms and benefits is often difficult to achieve. The use of LVADs is an example of such technologies, and when to offer it is explored in this paper.

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      CHF (congestive heart failure), DT (destination therapy), ICU (intensive care unit), LVAD (left ventricular assist device), NCD (national coverage decision), VAD (ventricular assist device)
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