Table 3

Clinical characteristics of LVAD patients at the time of bloodstream infection episodes, stratified by fever status

CharacteristicsAfebrile at time of culture
n=52
Febrile at time of culture
n=7
P values
Age at BSI, years60±1359±80.42
Duration from time from LVAD implantation to BSI, days299 (147, 624)587 (285, 628)0.31
HeartMate II LVAD32 (62)6 (86)0.43
White cell count, ×109 cells/L at time of culture9.8 (6.8, 14.0)8.9 (7.1, 16.1)0.65
MAP, mm Hg at time of culture73 (63, 87)76 (64, 78)0.33
BMI, kg/m2 27.4 (22.8, 31.8)32.5 (23.1, 37.7)0.12
Aspirin therapy43 (83)4 (57)0.20
Aspirin dose 325 mg (vs 81 mg)26 (62)3 (75)0.67
Outpatient acetaminophen prescription12 (23)2 (29)1.0
  • Data are presented in mean±SD, median (25th, 75th percentile) or count (%).

  • BMI, body mass index; BSI, bloodstream infection; LVAD, left ventricular assist device; MAP, mean arterial pressure.