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Bariatric surgery in advanced heart failure wins transplant eligibility

Key clinical point: Bariatric surgery enables many obese patients with advanced heart failure to become eligible for heart transplantation.

Major finding: The mean body mass index in a cohort of obese patients with advanced heart failure on left ventricular assist device circulatory support dropped from 44.8 kg/m2 at the time of bariatric surgery to 33.2 kg/m2 an average of 14.3 months later, which meets the 35 kg/m2 cutoff for heart transplant eligibility.

Study details: This was a systematic review and meta-analysis of nine studies totaling 86 obese patients with advanced heart failure on left ventricular assist device circulatory support who underwent bariatric surgery.

Disclosures: The presenter reported having no financial conflicts regarding her study, conducted free of commercial support.

Citation:

Wander P. DDW 2020, Abstract #Mo2010.