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Experience with LVAD
My husband has had a 2nd heart attack and he has been diagnosed with HF. The cardiologist is recommending a heart pump. He's 78yrs old. I'm interested in hearing from anyone who has had experience with having one. Thanks in advance.
JamesPL, July 17, 2019 7:22pm EST
I'm sorry to hear about your husband. You've come to the right place as there are many people on this site with a wide variety of heart related issues. When you say heart pump, do you mean a device that replaces the work of the heart? I once attended a support group in which a person there discussed an internal turbine device he had implanted that replaced the work of one of his heart chambers. It had a small external battery for power and he was very mobile with the device. I'm sure there are a variety of devices depending on the condition. Here's a little more information.
I wish you and your husband all the best!
DolphinWrite, July 17, 2019 7:29pm EST
I'm in my 50s, but only had a pump while recovering, much better, now. Research, talking with other patients, and second opinions are my thoughts. I hope things improve. God bless.
JanMac1, July 17, 2019 8:05pm EST
Thank you for the responses. The type of pump they are going to implant is the kind described by JamesPL. I didn't know the technical name or how many different types of devices there were available.
hammerdown, July 20, 2019 6:46pm EST
I haven't had an LVAD but, one may be in my future. Check out these discussion groups for more info: https://www.mylvad.com/patients-caregivers/discuss-connect/forums
I'll be doing more investigation myself!
JanMac1, July 20, 2019 7:33pm EST
Rmp829, August 8, 2019 10:11am EST
My mom has had an LVAD pump for the past 8 years! Any questions pleae let me know....