Mechanical pulsus alternans is sometimes seen in patients with severe heart failure. This case report describes a patient with medically refractory acute heart failure due to severe left ventricular (LV) systolic dysfunction with pulsus alternans, where short-term adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV) therapy immediately ameliorated the mechanical pulsus alternans.
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Published online: October 12, 2012
Accepted: August 20, 2012
Received in revised form: August 16, 2012
Received: March 18, 2012
© 2012 Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ANZSCTS) and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ). Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.