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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 71-75

Functional outcomes in a patient with a total artificial heart

1 H. Ben Taub Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA
2 H. Ben Taub Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine; Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, Houston, Texas, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Peter Chia Yeh
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jisprm.jisprm_14_18

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A patient with biventricular heart failure received a total artificial heart (TAH) as a bridge to transplant. He had a complicated hospital course including postoperative bleeding, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and adjustment disorder. After participating in 6 months of a rehabilitation program, his Berg balance score progressed from 8 to 41 and his endurance improved from ambulating 75 feet with a rolling walker and requiring moderate assistance in his activities of daily living on admission to ambulating several times up to 200 feet with modified independent and modified independent with setup for his basic activities of daily living. Since few patients have undergone inpatient rehabilitation with a TAH, this case illustrates significant functional gains that a comprehensive rehabilitation team can provide and major considerations to be aware of to optimize care when working with patients with TAH.

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