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My husband in stage 3 heart failure, he is at his limit to any new medications, there is nothing more the cardiologist can do for him but tweak his current medications. He also referred my husband to Santa Clara Kaiser, for a meeting on a possible mechanical heart. This will not prolong his life they say, but will give him a better qulity of life being able to do more thing, he is on oxygen most of the time, and very weak. He had a mild heart attack and many other complications, and was in and out of the hospital for 20 days in august of this year. He turned 70 this year, and has had heart problems since he was a chilld, (heart attack at age 6) and rhemmatic fever.
His cardiologist has given him a 40% chance of lasting 5 year. He just completed physical therpy at home, and the home health care nurse is still coming, he also has a PT appt on the 25th for 40% compressions on both legs for lymphadema.
I am his wife, of 49 years, and am looking for support, and any insight on the mechanical heart, pros and cons, etc. thanks
AHAASAKatie, September 10, 2019 8:48am EST
Good morning, I am so sorry that you and your husband are having to manage this. I want to make sure we are on the same page with a mechanical heart. Do you mean L-VAD, ? If so, I thought this article might be interesting for you both to read, " The past, present and future of the device keeping alive Carew, thousands of HF patients " . Best Katie
foamman, September 10, 2019 9:59pm EST
AHAASAKatie, yes that is the device, i will check your link thank you