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When should you call your doctor about signs of infection after you get a left ventricular assist device (LVAD)?

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Because you'll have an opening in your skin, you'll need to keep the area clean to prevent infection. Call your doctor if you notice these signs of infection:

  • Fever
  • Fluid draining from the area where the tubes leave your skin
  • Redness and swelling over the area

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 Melinda Ratini on June 19, 2016

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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 Melinda Ratini on June 19, 2016

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