Nursing Care Plan – Cardiomyoplasty (Post-op)
Cardiomyoplasty is used when cardiac transplantation is not an option and the patient is asymptomatic at rest. The latissimus dorsum muscle is dissected free of its distal insertion and is wrapped around the heart. For the next 2 months, the muscle is stimulated with increasing frequency until it can contract in synchrony with each heartbeat. Six months after surgery, effects of an enhanced cardiac output should be evident.
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