Learning self-care after left ventricular assist device implantation

Naoko Kato, Tiny Jaarsma, Tuvia Ben Gal*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The number of heart failure (HF) patients living with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) as destination therapy is increasing. Successful long-term LVAD support includes a high degree of self-care by the patient and their caregiver, and also requires long-term support from a multidisciplinary team. All three components of self-care deserve special attention once an HF patient receives an LVAD, including activities regarding self-care maintenance (activities related both to the device and lifestyle), self-care monitoring (e.g., monitoring for complications or distress), and self-care management (e.g., handling alarms or coping with living with the device). For patients to perform optimal self-care once they are discharged, they need optimal education that focuses on knowledge and skills through a collaborative, adult learning approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)290-298
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Heart Failure Reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2014


  • Education
  • Heart failure
  • Left ventricular assist device
  • Maintenance
  • Management
  • Monitoring
  • Self-care


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