LVAD Study

Psychosocial and demographic predictors of clinical outcomes in male and female recipients of left ventricular assist devices (LVAD)

The project, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), aims to examine the role of psychosocial and demographic factors (e.g., depression, substance abuse, age) for gender differences in clinical outcomes (e.g., death, adverse events, recovery) after mechanical circulatory device implantation. Analyses are based on registry data of the Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (INTERMACS) and the European Registry for Patients with Mechanical Circulatory Support (EUROMACS).

Funding: German Research Foundation (DFG)


Löchel, S., Maukel, L.-M., Weidner, G., de By, T. M. M. H. & Spaderna, H. (2021). Gender differences in psychosocial and clinical characteristics in the European Registry for Patients with Mechanical Circulatory Support. Heart and Lung, 50(6), 845-852.

International and national cooperations

Prof. Dr. Gerdi Weidner, Department of Biology, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, USA and Prof. Dr. Jan Beyersmann, Institute of Statistics, Ulm University.