A Patient Guide to LVAD Surgery and Recovery

More than 6 million Americans have heart failure, resulting in over 11 million physician visits and almost a million hospitalizations a year. It is estimated that 5% of heart failure patients have Class 4 symptoms and may be candidates for advanced therapies. These numbers will only continue to increase as the population ages. With improved outcomes and lower complication rates the number of implantations is growing quickly. Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs) are being implanted as a bridge to transplant or as an alternative to heart transplant: destination therapy.

Contents include:

  • General Information
    • My Device
    • Heart Pump Devices
    • Preparing for Heart Surgery
    • General Planning for Surgery
    • Risks and Complications
    • Pre-Surgical Checklist
    • Caregiver Duties/ Caregiver Burnout
    • What Happens During Your Surgery
    • And more…
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    • What can I expect after heart surgery?
    • How much pain will I have after heart surgery?
    • What about my emotions and depression?
    • What about activities?
    • When can I drive?
    • And more…
  • Recovery Guidelines and Restrictions
    • Daily checklist
    • No No List
    • Permanent Restrictions
    • Incision Care instructions
    • Driveline and Exist Site Care
    • Device Management
    • Emotional Aspects of Living with Your Device
    • Problems to watch for/When to call the doctor
    • How to use the Incentive Spirometer
    • And more…
  • Understanding your Medications
    • Medication tips
    • Understanding Coumadin®/Warfarin
    • Understanding Plavix®/Clopidogrel Therapy
    • And more…
  • Diet and Exercise
  • Diabetes Information
  • Helpful Templates
  • General Information
  • Details: 8.5 x 11″, 130 Pages
    (page count may change depending on your content), Full color, custom cover with your hospital logo, custom content and your logo on each page (Available in English and Spanish)
Call 800-408-3464, or email [email protected] for additional details and pricing.