Answer: In contrast to other non-pulsatile cardiac devices, TAH is a pulsatile device. Due to it's larger size, patient need to have an adequate body habitus documented on CT scan of chest with a
- body-surface area of >1.7 or
- a distance of ≥10 cm from the 10th anterior vertebral body to the inner table of the sternum
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