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Living With Your Device

Living With Your CRT-P, CRT-D or Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)

Receiving a CRT-P, CRT-D or left ventricular assist device (LVAD) can be a major step toward living a full and active life. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions as you begin life after treatment. One way you can take care of yourself is to stay informed about what living with your cardiac device can involve.

Feeling well long-term 

Eating well, getting or staying active and fostering healthy relationships are key ingredients to successful treatment.

Learn more about feeling well long-term.

Getting the most out of monitoring

Monitoring systems provide your doctor with the information he or she needs to adjust your treatment before symptoms affect your life. If you have a monitoring system, be sure to follow the instructions carefully for the best results.

Learn more about getting the most out of monitoring.

Understanding the patient notifier

If you have a CRT-P or CRT-D, it may be equipped with the ability to notify you of changes in its function.

Learn more about understanding the patient notifier.

Traveling with your device

Traveling with your cardiac device can be safe. Before you leave, however, you should consult with your doctor, and depending on your type of device and how you will travel, you may need to take some advance steps to prepare for your trip.

Learn more about traveling with your device.

Electromagnetic interference (EMI)

Electromagnetic interference (EMI) may disrupt your device’s function, so find out where EMI comes from—for example, large-format stereo speakers, high-power shop tools and some medical equipment such as magnetic imaging resonance (MRI) devices—and what to do to avoid it.

Learn more about electromagnetic interference.

Device battery

Some cardiac devices are powered by a battery. It is important for you to know your device’s battery life and to consult your doctor about when to replace it.

Learn more about your device’s battery.

Getting a replacement device

Your cardiac device is likely designed to support your heart’s function for many years, but there are some reasons you might need to get a replacement device.

Learn more about getting a replacement device.

Patient stories

Others like you have received device therapy and gone on to live healthy and rewarding lives. Read their stories to learn about their experiences.

Read patient stories.