Rehabilitationsstandards für die Anschlussheilbehandlung und allgemeine Rehabilitation von Patienten mit einem Herzunterstützungssystem (VAD - ventricular assist device)

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The increasing use of ventricular assist devices (VADs) in terminal heart failure patients provides new challenges to cardiac rehabilitation physicians. Structured cardiac rehabilitation strategies are still poorly implemented for this special patient group. Clear guidance and more evidence for optimal modalities are needed. Thereby, attention has to be paid to specific aspects, such as psychological and social support and education (e.g., device management, INR self-management, drive-line care, and medication).In Germany, the post-implant treatment and rehabilitation of VAD Patients working group was founded in 2012. This working group has developed clear recommendations for the rehabilitation of VAD patients according to the available literature. All facets of VAD patients' rehabilitation are covered. The present paper is unique in Europe and represents a milestone to overcome the heterogeneity of VAD patient rehabilitation.

Translated title of the contributionRehabilitation standards for follow-up treatment and rehabilitation of patients with ventricular assist device (VAD)
Original languageGerman
JournalClinical research in cardiology supplements
Issue numberSuppl1
Pages (from-to)2-49
Number of pages48
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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