As a new LVAD patient the team will see you very frequently
- Weekly for 1 month
- Every 2 weeks for 2 months
- And monthly thereafter or as needed depending on your status
- At each clinic visit, you will get lab work done
- Overseas patients would have an abbreviated schedule and will have their native health provider (physician) counseled and trained in their long term care. We use social media,Skype, dedicated video conferencing facilities and app based communications to monitor their health remotely and communicate on a weekly basis.
- Remotely monitored LVAD's require a 3G enabled network that will be paid for by us, relieving them of this extra burden with establishing the connection and recurring costs.
We may ask you to come in for an extra clinic visit if you are not feeling well or we are concerned about your heart function in any way.
Routine health care
- It is essential that you have a primary care provider before implant
- You will continue to have other health needs outside of your LVAD that you will need to see a general internist/physician.
- You will need to keep up regular health maintenance screenings such as colonoscopy, mammogram, prostate exam, pap smear, skin checks
- If you live a long distance from the hospital, it may be in your best interest to have a cardiologist closer to home. We can often communicate with the cardiologist to help guide care
- Dental health is important to avoid infection.
Ensure you have regular dental check ups and you may need antibiotics before any dental work