Having an LVAD means that you have to change some things in your life.  There are some things that you will not be able to do, like swimming. Other than those few things, you should be able to, and do try to do the things that you did before you became ill.  This list is a general guideline. This is not intended to be a complete list of all the things you should or shouldn’t do with an LVAD. As 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