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To best prepare for a ventricular assist device we encourage the patient to try to get the best nutrition possible to help with healing. This is sometimes hard if the patient is in severe heart failure.
answer to this question depends on the VAD that is used. Some VADs are only
designed and FDA approved to be used in the hospital.
the device is placed and you have recovered from surgery, the biggest risks are
to the blood thinners that are required to keep the device functioning. After
discharge there is a risk of stroke and bleeding.
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