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Abstracts: ASAIO Cardiac Abstracts

LONG TERM CARE NEEDS OF LIFELONG USE WEARERS OF LEFT VENTRICULAR ASSIST DEVICES (A FIVE YEAR EXPERIENCE)

Banning, Adrian; Houghton, Peter D

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Adrian Banning, Consultant Cardiologist and Peter Houghton long term LVAD wearer and psychotherapist reflect on their five year relationship in helping Peter adjust to a life relying on an LVAD and ask what the experiece has to teach us about the use of LVADs as a long term palliation for heart failure. The paper notes the ups and downs of maintaining health for LVAD wearers, how they respond to common complaints like colds, infections etc and what monitoring is vital both to check general health and pump performance. Some of the psychological problems of what the authors call ‘extra life’ are also noted. The paper is not solely based on the experience of the two presenters but also on their work with five other implantees so treated of whom three have died on unrelated problems, eg. cancer and an accident.

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