Blood Pressure Medicines
At times, on a TAH-t you may have high blood pressure and require medicines to keep the TAH-t pumping well and can decrease your risk of stroke.
Antibiotics are given in the operating room and ICU to prevent infection. They are also given if your cannulae get infected. You may need antibiotics indefinitely to prevent infection. Antibiotics can make your INR high or low. Immediately notify your care team if you start taking an antibiotic.
Stomach Ulcers & Acid Reflux Medicines
Medicines to prevent “heartburn” are used to decrease the acid in the stomach. This may help with decreasing any stomach discomfort you may have.
Diuretics (medicines to remove extra body water)
Diuretics were important when you were in heart failure. When you are on a TAH-t you should need less, but you still may need a small amount to get the fluids in your body just right.
What should you know about your blood pressure?
Keeping your blood pressure in a healthy range is very important. Your care team will determine a target blood pressure goal and adjust medicines to meet it. Blood pressure can be monitored using a blood pressure cuff. Learn more in the interactive below about how your care team will help you stay at a healthy blood pressure.
Why is it important to care for your cannula site?
Caring for your cannulae will help you avoid getting an infection.
What should you be eating and drinking?
Once you have your VAD, you must stay on a stable diet. Eating a consistent healthy diet will help you heal and get stronger.
Fluid balance is very important to maintain TAH-t flow. If there is too much fluid inside the heart and body (for example, if you’re drinking much more than usual), the TAH-t may not be able to handle the extra fluid. Learn more about why it’s important to balance how much fluid you are drinking:
How are you feeling?
For some patients, having a TAH-t and needing lots of medical care can be hard. Many patients that have TAH-t surgery notice an improvement in symptoms while they are in the hospital, but it can take months for you to get stronger and recover. As you recover, you or your caregiver may feel sad, worried, or even angry at times. This is normal. Be honest about how you’re feeling and talk with your care team if you have these feelings or any changes in behavior. Taking care of your emotional and mental health is a very important part of your care. Your care team will be able to connect you with the right support services.