AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 4 (April)

Ventricular Assist Devices - Insertion, Removal, Replacement (April 2010)

April 2010 pages 6-8 Ventricular Assist Devices - Insertion, Removal, Replacement Cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle that interferes with the heart’s ability to pump blood with sufficient force, may be caused by inherited disease, viral infections (myocarditis), excessive alcohol consumption, nutritional deficiencies, smoking and obesity, and/or advanced coronary artery disease.  Ischemic cardiomyopathy is caused by coronary artery disease and myocardial infarctions, in which a lack of blood supply has damaged the heart muscle.  Nonischemic cardiomyopathy types (such as dilated or congestive) describe a weakness in the walls of the heart caused by several of...

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