|Patient reasons∗: LVAD, n = 95|
|It will improve chances to live longer||81 (85)|
|It will improve QoL||79 (83)|
|It will help improve HF symptoms||72 (76)|
|It will help me return to activities I enjoy||72 (76)|
|Patient reasons: OMM, n = 101|
|Don’t like the idea of major device implantation surgery||40 (40)|
|Don’t want to depend on a machine||26 (26)|
|Don’t feel sick enough||25 (25)|
|Worried about too many complications with a LVAD||21 (21)|
|Don’t think an LVAD will improve QoL||13 (13)|
|Don’t think an LVAD will improve chances to live longer||10 (10)|
|Physician reasons: OMM, n = 103|
|Patient is not a good surgical candidate†||14 (14)|
|Patient is not sick enough||11 (11)|
|Other (e.g., substance abuse, financial, compliance concerns)||9 (9)|
Values are n (%) of patients who completed questionnaire.
Abbreviations as in Tables 1 and 2.
↵∗ Patients may select >1 response.
↵† Surgical reasons provided: history of anticardiolipin antibody and splenectomy (high risk of clotting); lack of social support and noncompliance; medical nonadherence; interstitial fibrosis; obesity; liver cirrhosis; severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; concern regarding post-operative recovery; large sacral decubitus ulcer; recent stroke.