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This is not intended to be a complete list of all the things you should or shouldn’t do with an LVAD. Always follow your doctor and LVAD Team’s guidelines and instructions.
- Contact your LVAD team with any questions or concerns you have
- Clean and inspect your equipment daily
- Take your medications at the same times every day
- Keep necessary backup equipment with you at all times
- Change your exit site dressings according to instructions
- Report any signs of exit site infection to your LVAD team immediately
- Eat a low-sodium, heart healthy diet
- Check your weight daily
- Get exercise, in accordance with your doctor’s recommendations
- Enjoy the company and support of family, friends and neighbors
- Use the MyLVAD.com Community Forums to meet and share your experiences with other LVAD patients and caregivers
- Live life to the fullest!
- Kink, bend or pull your driveline
- Disconnect the driveline from the controller (under normal circumstances)
- Sleep on your stomach
- Take a bath or swim
- Play contact sports
- Have an MRI (CT Scans or X-Rays are OK)
- Attempt to repair LVAD equipment yourself
- Leave the house without backup equipment
- Lose hope or feel like you’re alone. Your LVAD team is there for you, as are the patients and caregivers you’ll meet here at MyLVAD.com