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 Friends of the Bethel University Library.

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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