Factors associated with body image among patients with an implanted left ventricular assist device

Semyon Melnikov, Miri Abuhazira, Dimitry Golobov, Victoria Yaari, Tiny Jaarsma, Tuvia Ben Gal

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Abstract

Background: Among Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) implanted patients, body image modifications might occur. Objectives: To explore the associations between sexual functioning, confidence in LVAD technology, personal wellbeing, and body image. Methods: The cross-sectional study included 30 conveniently recruited LVAD implanted patients who completed Body Image Scale, sexual functioning, confidence in LVAD technology, and Personal Wellbeing Index questionnaires. The associations between the research variables were examined with multiple regression analyses. Results: The mean age of the participants was 63 (SD=10), 90% were men. The mean scores were: sexual functioning - 2.43 (SD=1.20, range 1–5); confidence in LVAD technology - 2.63 (SD=1.04, range 1–5); Well-Being Index - 6.61 (SD=1.53, range 0–10); and body image – 14.5 (SD=4.17, range 5–20). Sexual functioning (p<.01) and LVAD technology confidence (p=.04) significantly predicted body image. Conclusions: Healthcare professionals should be aware of challenges regarding body image faced by LVAD implanted patients and to address related factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)803-807
Number of pages5
JournalHeart and Lung: Journal of Acute and Critical Care
Volume49
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2020

Keywords

  • Body image
  • Confidence in LVAD technology
  • Sexual functioning

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