LVAD

Sleep, daytime function, and quality of life of patients with mechanical circulatory support

PURPOSE: To identify and describe: (1) characteristics of sleep quality, daytime sleepiness, and quality of life (QOL) pre and post implantation of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD); (2) changes in sleep quality, daytime sleepiness, and QOL at baseline and 6 months post implant; and (3) relationships among the sleep quality, daytime sleepiness, and QOL variables.

A preliminary investigation of symptom pattern and prevalence before and up to 6 months after implantation of a left ventricular assist device

Despite increased use of left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) in patients with advanced or end-stage heart failure; little is known about the reoccurrence of common heart failure symptoms (e.g., fatigue) after LVAD implantation. The objective of this study was to investigate the prevalence and pattern of selected heart failure symptoms and identify changes in symptom patterns before and up to 6 months after LVAD implantation. We used self-report questionnaires to collect data from patients (n = 12) and measure symptoms at baseline, 1 and 2 weeks, and 1, 3, and 6 months after LVAD.

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