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What can you expect after your surgery for a left ventricular assist device (LVAD)?

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After the surgery, the doctors, nurses, and other staff will show you how to care for your LVAD. Once you're home, you'll likely need to take medicines such as warfarin (Coumadin) or aspirin to help prevent clots from forming in your heart or LVAD. You'll need to take these medicines for as long as you have the device.

You'll also have to stay on your heart failure medicines, which could include a diuretic (a “water pill”) or blood pressure drugs. Your doctor may change the doses because of your LVAD.

From: What Are LVADs for Heart Failure? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Devices and Surgical Procedures to Treat Heart Failure."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What are the Risks of a Ventricular Assist Device?" "What are the Signs and Symptoms of Heart Failure?" "What is a Ventricular Assist Device?" "What to Expect After Ventricular Assist Device Surgery," "Who Needs a Ventricular Assist Device?"

Stanford Health Care: "About the LVAD,"  "LVAD Frequently Asked Questions."

University of California, San Francisco: "FAQ: Living with a Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 2, 2019

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Devices and Surgical Procedures to Treat Heart Failure."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What are the Risks of a Ventricular Assist Device?" "What are the Signs and Symptoms of Heart Failure?" "What is a Ventricular Assist Device?" "What to Expect After Ventricular Assist Device Surgery," "Who Needs a Ventricular Assist Device?"

Stanford Health Care: "About the LVAD,"  "LVAD Frequently Asked Questions."

University of California, San Francisco: "FAQ: Living with a Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 2, 2019

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