Medications

Medications

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  • You will likely be discharged on 3-5 medications that you will take one or multiple times a day
  • Your list of medications will likely change throughout the time you have the LVAD
  • NEVER stop or change the doses of your medications unless instructed by the LVAD team
  • Take all your medications exactly as directed
  • You will have an individualized regimen
  • Your medications will be reviewed at every clinic visit.  Make sure you bring an updated list with you
  • Do not take any new medications or supplements without the LVAD teams approval
  • Report any adverse effects of your medications
  • Notify the team if there is any reason you are unable to take your medications
  • REMEMBER – The LVAD and medications keep your heart functioning!!
Anticoagulation
  • While on the LVAD you will need to take blood thinning medication to decrease your chance of getting a blood clot
    • This medication requires frequent blood draws a few times a week
  • You will also need to take aspirin, this also thins your blood
  • You will need to take precautions to ensure your safety
    • Protect yourself from injury, you are at an increased risk for bleeding
    • Watch for increased or abnormal bleeding or bruising
    • Use an electric razor
  • You should not take medications containing Ibuprofen
  • You may need to modify your diet
  • There are multiple medication interactions with blood thinning medication
  • you will be receiving a device (INR tracker) to check how thin your blood is and will be trained to check your INR before you are discharged.

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