Before you get a total artificial heart (TAH), you’ll likely spend at least a week in the hospital to prepare for the surgery. You might already be in the hospital getting treatment for heart failure.
During this time, you’ll learn about the TAH and how to live with it. You and your loved ones will spend time with your surgeons, cardiologist (heart specialist), and nurses to make sure you have all the information you need before surgery. You can ask to see what the device looks like and how it will be attached inside your body.
Your doctors will make sure that your body is strong enough for the surgery. If they think your body is too weak, you may need to get extra nutrition through a feeding tube before the surgery.
You also will have tests to make sure you're ready for the surgery. These tests include:
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