Heart transplant recipients are susceptible to a number of complications in the immediate postoperative period. Despite advances in surgical techniques, mechanical circulatory support (MCS), and immunosuppression, evidence supporting optimal management strategies of the critically ill transplant patient is lacking on many fronts. This review identifies some of these controversies with the aim of stimulating further discussion and development into these gray areas.
From the Departments of *Anesthesiology
†Surgery, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, Los Angeles, California
‡Division of Cardiology, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, Los Angeles, California.
Published ahead of print 4 April 2019.
Accepted for publication April 4, 2019.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
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Address correspondence to Tao Shen, MBBS, Departments of Anesthesiology and Surgery, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, 127 S San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Address e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.