- Since: June 2010
- Joined: 13 Jul 2012
- Arlington, Texas
I guess I would want a more complete break down of the numbers, including which type of cardiomyopathy, did they get a transplant after the LVAD, etc.
I had great success and I am confident you would feel so much better in the interim until a heart becomes available (if that is what you are waiting for), especially since so many people never do get one.
I have heard some rare complaints from people about the LVAD, but my guess is they were negative, difficult people long before the implant.
- Joined: 17 Aug 2012
- erie, pa
Doug, I too have read the numbers, but in all honesty, they are only numbers....I have seen my husband get so much stronger since implant in 8-12, and even though I thought how bad he would get, he has actually become stronger.....He is like the Hulk, if that makes any sense......Sometimes it is truly mind over mater. (I know not always) but with my husband it seems to be. Believe in yourself and hope for the best....screw the stats......Hope
- Since: May 2010
- Joined: 2 Sep 2012
My name is David,
I have had my LVAD for three years, May 2010. My recovery was two months in the hospital,six weeks out of the hospital and I was able to drive 1000 miles to see my son get married in the mountains of Colorado. I have been in and out of the hospital numerous times. Without the LVAD I would more than likely not have lived. I have challenges, it is not easy, but I have hope that the future will be better.
I have been here for my Grandchildren, they know about my pump. My grandson who is 16 calls me iron man and my granddaughter,7, makes sure that my batteries are fresh.
Even with the ups and downs of numerous hospital visits, and infections such as MSSA. For me this is worth it. I would rather be a live dog than a dead lion.
Technology gets better all the time.
Life is for the living and I am living.
Yes I would do this again
- VAD Coordinator
- Founder MyLVAD.com
Excellent questions. Survival rates correlate closely with how ill the recipient is at the time of implant. In the bridge to transplant population, we see a 85% survival at one year and 70% at 2 years. The numbers are lower in the older population who are not considered transplant candidates at the time of implant, yet still better than the #s you have been quoted.
Average time in the hospital following LVAD placement is 21 days
The technology is far from perfect, yet the vast majority of the recipients in our program are very pleased with the quality of life they have on the LVAD compared with pre implant. We have several recipients doing well past the 5 year mark.
We do not track or follow the members of this site in a longitudinal manner, and therefore can not address your last question.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery,
Steven Boyce, M.D.
- Prospective Patient
- Joined: 1 Jun 2013
- Olympia, WA
Thanks Vincent/Steve for taking the time to respond to my post. My post is not meant to be negative just trying to get to some real life information which you have certainly provided. Doug
- Since: November 2012
- Joined: 11 Feb 2013
- payson, AZ
I had my LVAD installed 6 months ago
I had several issues in the Hospital (mostly internal bleeding) that kept me in ICU for 10 weeks and remaining in the Hospital & Rehab for another 4 weeks before finally returning home
What seemed like a VERY slow recovery followed
The last two months have seen me recover and feel better everyday
I am so thankful that I stuck it out and did not give in to the slow recovery
I feel better today than I have in 6 years since my original heart attack in 07
Without the LVAD I would be gone or just waiting for the gates to open
Since the LVAD I have seen a Grand Daughter born - returned to Golf and enjoy my wife everyday and night
Life with LVAD is good and worth the Journey