Citation: Cardiology Clinics. 36(4):571-581, 2018 Nov..Journal: Cardiology clinics.Published: ; 2018ISSN: 0733-8651.Full author list: Elliott T; Edwards LG.UI/PMID: 30297074.Subject(s): IN PROCESS -- NOT YET INDEXEDInstitution(s): MedStar Heart & Vascular InstituteActivity type: Journal Article.Medline article type(s): Journal Article | ReviewOnline resources: Click here to access onlineDigital Object Identifier: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ccl.2018.06.014 (Click here)Abbreviated citation: Cardiol Clin. 36(4):571-581, 2018 Nov.Local Holdings: Available online from MWHC library: 1996 - present, Available in print through MWHC library: August 1998 - February 2004.Abstract: Understanding the ventricular assist device (VAD) patient pump interface and developing expertise in monitoring patients with a VAD are the goals of care in the ambulatory setting. The objective is to improve long-term outcomes. The purpose of expert, focused, routine outpatient surveillance is to facilitate the integration of pulseless, electrically dependent VAD patients into the community. Other goals of outpatient care include maximizing quality of life, maintaining equipment integrity, treating heart failure symptoms, monitoring for common VAD-related complications, ensuring viability as a heart transplant candidate, consideration for patients implanted to become transplantable, and monitoring for possible cardiac recovery.Abstract: Copyright (c) 2018 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.