The equipment is life-saving and managing it may feel overwhelming. However, learning how each of the pieces work together will help you feel more comfortable in your daily journey.
The driveline cord is filled with electrical wires that connect the HVAD to the controller (the brains of the HVAD). This cord performs two functions to help the device work properly. The HVAD (inside the heart) transfers important information to the controller through the driveline. The driveline also brings power back to the pump to make the HVAD spin. Never disconnect your driveline because this would make your pump stop.
You will only be plugged into the monitor when you are in the hospital or in a clinic. The monitor tells your care team how your device is working so they can make any adjustments needed.
There is a port where the driveline enters the controller and transfers power and information. The controller provides power to the pump, and the pump sends vital information back about how the pump is working.
There are many numbers that you will want to know about. The RPM, or rotations per minute, is set by your care team. The other numbers are calculated but will tell the team a lot about how you are doing.
You must avoid being away from electricity for a long period of time.