Advanced heart failure (HF) is a common condition that leads to significant suffering for patients and their families. Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) can improve both the quantity and quality of life for those suffering with advanced HF. Palliative care clinicians are being asked with increasing frequency to assist HF teams to manage patients with LVADs in the preimplantation, post-operative, and end-of-life settings, although not all palliative care providers feel comfortable with this technology. Written by specialists in HF, geriatric cardiology, and palliative care, this article seeks to improve palliative care providers' knowledge of LVADs and will prepare palliative care teams to counsel and support LVAD patients and their families from pre-implantation to the end of life.
Warraich, Haider JMaurer, Mathew SPatel, Chetan BMentz, Robert JSwetz, Keith MengJ Palliat Med. 2019 Apr;22(4):437-441. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2019.0044. Epub 2019 Feb 22.