Question for new LVAD patientMon, 04/29/2019 - 3:57PM
Hi! My fiance had his LVAD placed January 31st and he has been doing really well. However, over the past week he has become more short of breath than usual. He has reached out to the LVAD clinic and they say it's normal, as this is the last thing that will come around. Well, a few days ago he noticed his stool was black with a little blood. He again contacted the LVAD clinic and they want to have a GI tract test completed to learn where the blood is coming from.
1. Does the shortness of breath take a while to get over? What would you recommend to help?
2. Has anyone ever experienced a GI tract infection with the LVAD, if so, did you need to go the the LVAD clinic or see your regular primary doctor?