Special Issues

Special Issue Title: Innovations and Contemporary Advances in Durable Mechanical Circulatory Support and Heart Transplantation

· Print Special Issue Flyer

· Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 March 2022

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor

Ersilia M. DeFilippis, MD

Cardiology Division, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, USA 

Website | E-Mail

Interests: Advanced heart failure; Sex differences in heart failure; Health equity

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Among the more than 6 million adults in the United States with heart failure, a subset of them will develop advanced heart failure despite our best efforts. Advanced therapies including durable mechanical circulatory support and heart transplantation may be available options for certain patients.

Over the last decade, there have been significant innovations and advances in the approach to advanced heart failure. Results of the MOMENTUM 3 trial suggest that short-term outcomes with the HeartMate 3 left ventricular assist device (LVAD) are similar to heart transplantation. Temporary mechanical circulatory support has also been increasingly used as a bridge to transplantation. The change in the heart transplant organ allocation system that went into effect in October 2018 has had impact on treatment strategies particularly for certain subgroups of individuals. Additionally, strategies have been introduced to increase the donor pool such as transplantation from Hepatitis-C-positive donors as well as donation after circulatory death (DCD) heart transplantation.  


In light of the recent advances and changing landscape of LVAD technology and heart transplantation, we introduce this series of concise reviews to highlight the innovation of the field and contemporary management of these patients in the current day.

We would like to invite experts in the field to write comprehensive reviews (3000 to 5000 words) covering the following topics:

- Risk Factors and Management of Primary Graft Dysfunction
- Strategies for expanding the donor pool for heart transplantation (i.e. use of DCD and Hepatitis C positive donors)
- Impact of the new heart transplant allocation system
- Considerations for dual-organ transplantation
- Future technologies and directions for durable left ventricular assist devices
- Management of pulmonary hypertension in patients on left ventricular assist device support
- Improving access to heart transplantation for under-represented groups
- Palliative care and approach for patients who are not candidates for advanced therapies  

Dr. Ersilia M. DeFilippis

Guest Editor


Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at https://rcm.imrpress.org by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by IMR Press.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is $1950. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English.


Heart transplantation; Durable mechanical circulatory support; Left ventricular assist device

Share This Special Issue


Please wait a minute...
For Selected: Toggle Thumbnails

Current Issue

  • Volume 22, Issue 3