Edgren Scholars: Living with a Left-Ventricular Assist Device

Edgren Scholars: Living with a Left-Ventricular Assist Device
Date Tuesday, April 30, 2019
1 - 1:50 p.m.
FeaturingEdgren Scholars, Kristin Sandau, Ph.D. RN, Professor of Nursing and Karin Canakes '19, Nursing Major
Location University Library - View maps and directions
Bethel University
3900 Bethel Dr St Paul MN 55112
Instructions for Guests  View maps and directions
SponsorsOffice of Academic Affairs and&amp;#160;<a href="">Friends of the Bethel University&amp;#160;Library.</a>

Event Description

Advanced heart failure is the leading cause of death in developed countries. Since there are not enough donor hearts available for transplant, a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) has become increasingly common. A pump takes over for the left ventricle, ejecting blood into the aorta and prolonging life. But what it is really like to live with a computer controller & batteries on your waist 24/7 and a drive-line that comes out of your abdomen? Patients share their perceptions - good and bad - about changes to quality of life and self-management. Come hear some stories of the collaborative research project underway with Cedars Sinai (CA) and Bethel University (MN).


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