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When can you return to normal activities after receiving a left ventricular assist device (LVAD)?

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You will likely be able to work, exercise, and do most of your other normal activities. But you may need to make a few adjustments. You won't be able to swim or play contact sports. When you travel by plane, you'll need to tell security that you're wearing a device. And you'll have to make sure your LVAD batteries are always charged. You can charge it while you sleep by plugging it into an outlet. Some LVADs also plug into car chargers.

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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