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Will my medications change after I receive an LVAD?

Your medications will change after you have a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) placed. You will still need medication, but you may need fewer medications compared to prior to having the operation done.

Even though it's not a cure, people feel much better once they have the device placed and require fewer medications. One medication that people will require is warfarin, a blood thinner. LVADs are mechanical pumps in the body attached to the heart, and mechanical pumps require the treatment of a blood thinner.

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