How Polypharmacy Is An Essential Treatment Regimen For Patients

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Polypharmacy is an essential treatment regimen for patients who suffer from a chronic medical condition that requires different combination drugs, to treat or maintain an individual medical predicament. However, Flesch & Erdmann (2006, p. 217) asserted that polypharmacy could result into multiple quandaries such as patient non-adherence, financial hardship and notably unforeseeable drug interactions. By the same token, Chao et al. (2015, p. 5) believes, polypharmacy can amplify the hazard of geriatric syndromes including, sphincter incontinence, cognitive deterioration, and vestibular impairment.

I will be sharing with you, my experience with an outpatient cardiac rehab patient named James (hypothetical name). He is a 65 y/o male, s/p Continuous-Flow Left Ventricular Assist Device (CF-LVAD) due to an end stage heart failure and ischemic cardiomyopathy. Also, he is also receiving pharmacologic therapy for his cardiac disease, anxiety disorder and benign prostatic hypertrophy. James CF-LVAD is a bridge to heart transplant, and the physical therapist’s role is to optimize his cardiovascular function and overall conditioning in preparation for a heart transplant. Haennel (2012, p. 28) emphasizes the significance of proper exercise rehabilitation and health benefits associated with physical activity training for patients with cardiac device implants.

According to the National Institute of health (2012), CF-LVAD is an implantable power-driven pump used to
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