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J Heart Lung Transplant. 2005 Oct;24(10):1690-6.

Nutrition assessment and management of left ventricular assist device patients.

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Nutrition & Metabolic Support Service, Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego, California, USA.


Nutrition evaluation and support is an integral component of left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy. Malnutrition in the LVAD patient contributes to a host of post-operative problems, such as infection and limited functional capacity, which compromise long-term outcomes. Comprehensive pre-operative evaluation of the LVAD patient should include a nutrition assessment and formalized plan to initiate and advance nutrition support while addressing the metabolic imbalances associated with heart failure. An interdisciplinary approach, including a nutrition support team, is desirable to manage these patients effectively. This article reviews essential aspects regarding nutrition management of these patients.

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