Lifestyle Changes

Lifestyle Changes

Lifestyle Changes
  • You may not have a palpable pulse or blood pressure by conventional methods as the VAD pumps continuously.
  • You must always wear your LVAD equipment.
  • Plan ahead to ensure you will always have an adequate electrical supply
  • Carry a bag with extra supplies with you at all times
  • The LVAD exit site will require daily sterile dressing changes
  • Static may interfere with your pump function
  • Modified activity for sternal precautions for 6-8 weeks after surgery
  • Anticoagulation will require you to be cautious with dietary restrictions imposed on you.
Restrictions
  • No swimming, bath tubs or hot tubs
  • No activities that you run the risk of submersing yourself in water.
  • No jumping
  • No contact sports
  • No MRI
  • No smoking or drinking
Precautions
  • Protect your driveline at all times
  • Protect cables connected to your system controller
  • Must always have a power source

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