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Approximately 10,000 people receive an LVAD each year. Life with an LVAD comes with many lifestyle changes, device logging, health management and more. 

LVAD Services 

  • Assist and guide with daily and weekly logging- vital signs, device numbers, dressing changes, INR, symptom logging

  • Help lower BMI to qualify for transplant or bariatric surgery 

  • Heart Healthy Diets- meal planning, motivation, managing multiple practitioner recommended diets, recipes, pantry/fridge clean out, food labeling in home, grocery lists, navigating holidays and family lifestyles while eating differently 

  • Exercise- motivation, exercise planning, finding safe exercises to do with LVAD equipment, logging exercises, setting goals 

  • In person- checking and logging vital signs, checking and logging device numbers, organizing wound care/ medication/ devices and supplies, changing bandages when assistance is needed, medical records organization

  • Wound care, medication, medical devices and supply organization 

  • Mental health- processing medical trauma; developing and practicing coping skills for anxiety, depression, and PTSD; adjusting to a new lifestyle; processing grief from preLVAD version of self; preparing for next steps (transplant, additional surgeries or procedures); general counseling; SUPPORT; caregiver fatigue for family members

  • Customized daily health reminders (medication, exercises, bandages, logging, medication reminders) 

  • Tips and Tricks- different options for LVAD carriers, brainstorming and creating solutions for challenges that arise due to having an LVAD 

  • Setting goals 

  • Assist in finding services 

  • Medication free treatment (pain relief, nausea) - biopsychosocial approach, ice/ heat, homeopathic remedies 

  • Assist with management of comorbidities

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