9 years today (20th Oct 2020) living with LVADMon, 10/19/2020 - 9:19PM
Nine years ago today, Prof Phil Spratt and the wonderful, dedicated Heart team from St. Vincent's Hospital in Sydney (Australia) inserted my Heartware LVAD and consequently extended my life another 9 years to date. I have been very fortunate to have used this time wisely and to the maximum with travelling via caravan each year for approximately 2-4 months at a time to places such as Tasmania, Queensland and exploring NSW a bit more. My wife and I have also joined a few cruises to Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia, the latest being a Christmas Cruise(2019-2020) for 2 weeks aboard the Holland America Liner 'Maasdam'. There is still just so much to see and be involved with in Australia, even during this COVID period.
Most importantly however, is the care and support given to myself and my wife at St.Vincent's Hospital. We have a marvellous LVAD Co-ordinator Desiree Robson, along with Prof Peter MacDonald, Prof Chris Hayward and other wonderful doctors. Of special note, Prof Anne Keogh, my cardiologist for over 10 years, has been a lifesaver, as she is the one who suggested I would benefit from an LVAD (destination surgery at the age of 75). When I was given a couple of months to live (from another hospital), Prof Anne Keogh took me on as a challenge and the rest is history, still enjoying life (sailing, etc. in our 30ft yacht).
9 yrs with ivadWed, 10/21/2020 - 11:46AM
I'm so glad to hear about you. Brings me some courage. I'm about to set a date for surgery this Thursday. I was doing good and then I crashed. On melatonin. It's a big step.
In reply to 9 yrs with ivad by Mercedes S.Juanita P.
9 year LVADWed, 05/04/2022 - 5:35PM
Mercedes, that is absolutely wonderful that an individual gets nine (9) additional years of life with the LVAD. Unfortunately, that is not the case with percentage of implantation. I wish you nothing but a very good outcome and hopefully more than nine (9) years. Hang in there.
In reply to 9 year LVAD by Juanita P.Sandra K.
There are statistics that…Sun, 06/04/2023 - 9:34PM
There are statistics that people so far have lived with an lvad for more than 14 years. Fact.
So nice to hear the…Mon, 10/26/2020 - 9:13PM
So nice to hear the longevity you’ve had with your LVAD. It will be a year in December that my husband got his LVAD. He wants a heart transplant so bad. Any words of encouragement if this doesn’t happen for him?
In reply to So nice to hear the… by Lisa W.Tess W.
I’m following, as my husband…Mon, 07/12/2021 - 4:41PM
I’m following, as my husband is in the same situation as yours. Wishing you both luck.
In reply to So nice to hear the… by Lisa W.Juanita P.
TransplantMon, 08/02/2021 - 8:36PM
Lisa, i’m so glad your husband has made a year I know how hard it can be. It’s been almost 5 years for me and I still despise the device. Even though I live a very active very active life it is still very very restrictive as well. I’m not a candidate for a heart transplant if I was I probably would not go that route. The first hospital I was with played games the second one not able to desensitize I have 99% antibodies they’re also just maintaining Coumadin and INR levels. Personally I’ve had enough of all of it.. I don’t know how many of you in here have a biventricular pacer along with your LVAD, another pain. It has been five years since I’ve had the biventricular implanted and the battery needs to be changed already in September I’m scheduled. I’ve had enough of doctors I’ve had enough of their ridiculous continuous recidivism of appointments and then just making calls to refill a blood thinner. I am on a baby dose again I advise a baby dose heart strengthener the rest are vitamins. I question whether this device should have been implanted. Enough said!!! I wish everyone well I know how hard it is to be hooked up to batteries in a line at night to sleep on one side or maybe two. I’m totally over it! Someday, however that machine carved into the heart will go bad, just like everything else. The total implant they have been talking about, that I’m aware for almost 5 years. Ok, over that too..
In reply to Transplant by Juanita P.William W.
Hey Juanita I’m with you I…Wed, 10/13/2021 - 8:36AM
I’m with you I have had the device for just five months and have been totally over it since week five. I was on the heart transplant list but took myself off since I just couldn’t wrap my head around it after having the Lvad implanted. I do wish that I had never consented to the surgery and just left when the time came. Pacemaker defibrillator that constantly pokes me in the side and the lvad that I hear a humming tone all day and night. Longer life is not Living if you can’t maintain what you were doing before.
In reply to Hey Juanita I’m with you I… by William W.Juanita P.
LVADWed, 05/04/2022 - 6:00PM
Absolutely William...the hospital that initially did the transplant workup and LVAD implant cost my insurance nearly a million dollars, to say in 10 months and all the pain I went through, your not a candidate antibodies 99%...they knew that from day one!!!! My question for them, that they could not answer, was why did you start in the first place?? By the way this was Temple University Hospital, PA. The experts with heart and lung transplants. Right.. No response. I can tell you it had to do with the $$$ sign. And they certainly made that. The ball initially dropped was with Dr's here locally, they turned their heads with my ability to compensate with an 5-10 EF and work like nothing going on. Forget the test, its all in my head. I should have sued when I could have, unfortunately been over 2 years and things just move. They advised when they put the biventricular in 2 1/2 months prior to my "near death" and then LVAD that the EF would improve. This was from five (5) second opinions. Well it didn't, it seemed to make things worse. I remember my heart Dr. telling me that was all in my head, psychological when couldn't breath...WOW. Buyer beware!! Biventricular placed in ll/04/16 and near death 2/16/17. You do the math. Sorry to say there are a lot of medical mistakes in the grave today. Who ever is out there, do your homework, research, ask questions, etc. The medical field will tell you anything. Even though they are in business to help, "ITS STILL A BUSINESS" and they have to stay afloat. I was just recently in hospital December 21 for GI bleed. LVAD and blood thinners will produce that puppy. Never, never had problem with stomach or bleed, but I did. Thank you Coumadin/LVAD. So to narrow it all down do your homework, if you don't mind carrying 8.5lbs of weight surgically attached, go for it, if you don't mind all the other things, Dr. visits copays, blood thinners, etc. go for it. if you don't mind never swimming again, taking a bath, etc. go for it. If you don't mind a tube sticking out of your stomach go for it. If your married already well not as bad, but try to find an average person, they don't want nothing to do with LVADs. LVAD what??? This is the life and I have to be honest. I hate it after 5.5 years. I hate it. Enough said!! They will sugarcoat all the above mentioned. Also, if you want any carry cases, backpacks, ladies handbags, you will pay for them yourself, if you can find someone to work with you. If not, its that beautiful "BLACK" BAG you carry your batteries in. I just had a nice conversation with corporate on this matter that sells the supplies. They don't care about what you carrying your equipment in, just carrying it. ha...
In reply to LVAD by Juanita P.Diane B.
JaunitaThu, 05/05/2022 - 3:00PM
I see you are having another down period and you are no happier than the last time you and I conversed on this site. I really do feel sorry for you being in this situation, but I also feel extremely upset about your very negative responses to others who may be caught on the fence trying to decide what to do. Your comments may cause some one to say no because you paint a very negative picture of a post LVAD life. Agreed there are definitely lifestyle changes that need to be addressed but I think in at least 95% of the cases people & their families have enjoyed a few years extra together and that cannot really be measured easily compared to the drawbacks. The other is that you draw some strange connections like bi-ventricular pacing caused your heart failure to worsen. Perhaps for some other reason your heart failure was getting worse and they tried the pacing to try and slow the progression of the heart failure but it did not work. If you so unhappy with your team why not get a 2nd opinion about your meds to see if the addition of anything else would help? Maybe all you need is that little dose? I hope your life gets better from here. Maybe myLVAD could start something social to bring single LVADers together. All the best. Diane
In reply to Jaunita by Diane B.Juanita P.
LVAD/AnemiaSat, 05/07/2022 - 7:11AM
Hello Diane, Not another down period, been down....thank you for that assessment, lol. And I'm sorry I don't have that much POWER to persuade an individual to choose the device or not. If a person is on the fence, that is what family, physicians, psychologist of the team are for!! Thanks for giving me that strength but need to be honest , I don't sugar coat anything. I'm just stating the facts. Or better yet with all we deal with concerning LVADS, let me have a party in lieu of my hospitalization and 14 units of blood in December of 2021. Released New Years Eve day. Wow, what happened to Christmas. Because of pandemic, weren't allowed to have visitors, hmmm and the floor was COVERED COVERED WITH COVID PATIENTS. I'm not going to sit here and listen to bells and whistles when we all know that is not the case it is a HUGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE CHANGE. And as far as a second opinion, DONE THAT. If your area has more than 3 hospitals for LVADS, "beautiful" but in this area there are three. Already experienced 2. Already spoke to other Dr's about a change in the present med. Unfortunately, the physician is a pretty boy and was more interested in spending time in the hospital than seeing his patients on clinic day. Already spoke to administration...:) so did my homework. And, I might add, I have every right to be angry. If it upsets you or someone else that I'm not "sugarcoating this" I'm sorry won't get that from me. This device took my life away, and all the medical issues that come with it. As I read all the responses, I see 80 percent POSITIVE, maybe 85. MY 5 PERCENT OUT OF 100 WON'T MATTER. The question is, am I being honest? I can only say yes. My only concern is blaming an individual for decisions someone will or will not make, too much power given Diane. Please divert that to God. thank you..
In reply to LVAD/Anemia by Juanita P.Sandra K.
Yes, give the power to God…Sun, 06/04/2023 - 9:17PM
Yes, give the power to God. It works.
The lvad didn't cause your problems, having heart failure started the problems. If it weren't for the lvad you wouldn't be here, but for some reason or by some power above, you are. I didn't want to survive at first either, I was already run to the ground (burnt out) before all my medical stuff happened. I was a very independent person. Now my life is different. Not because of the lvad so much but because of the eye issues I will explain.
I too could go off on a rant about not wanting an lvad but that would just bring bad feelings to my world. I have enough bad days, we all do. I try to be positive but Itts hard when I read a post from someone that's not supportive (thank you Diane). I'm 55 years old and not sure what my future is, but I'm trying to live the beat life I can. I had a life before my lvad and it all changed. It was emergency surgery and I had a 30% chance of survival. I had a bad cardiologist that contributed to all my emergency problems.....he gave me 2 types of blood thinners to try and dissolve a clot in my heart (after my 1st heart attack). HE DIDNT TELL ME I HAD A CLOT. A monthly cycle made my hemoglobin level half of what it should have been. Almost bled to death. They reversed the blood thinners and I had another h attack. Things went downhill from there. Transferred me to a hospital where they knew what to do. During a test, I had another h attack.....my heart stopped. The resuscitation caused issues with my eyes. They gave me an lvad. After being in the ICU for 1.5 months I was back home. Everything ok until 1 month later. I couldn't see at all for 3 months! I still am having vision issues now, 2 years later. Not driving yet but doing things. My heart is fine.
Whether someone has an lvad or not, they come to this website foe support. Its scary at times not knowing what the future holds, for the patient or for the family. My VAD team tells me I haven't been through some stuff, I went through a TON of stuff! Lvad surgery, pneumonia, sepsis, kidney failure, heart failure, my body started to shut down but I'm here today. For me, that tells me I'm a fighter whether I want to be here or not. So I follow the fighter side of me most days, not the scared side of me. I look for support when needed and try not to bring fear to others. Sorry if this comes across wrong to some, but its honest and I wanted to share my (shortened version) of my story.
In reply to Yes, give the power to God… by Sandra K.Diane B.
Power to GodSun, 06/04/2023 - 11:22PM
So sorry to hear about your struggles. My husband had a similar course in hospital but he was lucky enough not to have any heart attacks. His heart failure was probably caused by some virus that caused severe arrhythmia problems weakening the heart rapidly. I think it is harder when the LVAD is an emergency situation and you really have no preparation for the outcome. I do not understand the visual aspect but I can tell you that even though my husband was opposed to VAD until there was no other choice, he now feels that this is better than transplant. We are older so recovery was slower but now our life is full and he has had an added 3 years to be with grandchildren and hope for many more. Do not feel bad to reach out for support ! I wish the best and hope your vision continues to improve. Diane
In reply to Power to God by Diane B.Sandra K.
Thank you Diane. :-)Mon, 06/05/2023 - 9:21AM
Thank you Diane. :-)
In reply to Yes, give the power to God… by Sandra K.Mercedes S.
9 yrs congratulationsWed, 06/07/2023 - 8:38AM
God bless. I have mine for 2 1/2yrs. It’s been an experience. Thank God, I have more time to be with my family.
with God’s grace
In reply to Jaunita by Diane B.Juanita P.
DianeSat, 05/07/2022 - 5:15PM
No not saying Biventricular and pacing!!! Its actually ICD biventricular pacer, not just a regular pacer, has the defib in too. It is a little larger. And YES, when it was implanted on November 4, 2016, I was told that the EF would improve. It did not, 2 and /1/2 months later 2/16/2017, i nearly died. Therefore, after 5 doctors on the ICD/Biventricular, they were all wrong. I did speak to the Dr's prior to my decision. This is not a FIGHT OF WITS Diane. All said the EF would improve, IT DID NOT. Lucky me. I'm sorry I'm not as happy as most in here. I verbalize the truth or at least things that have been told by the medical profession and my own experience. I think it is also very UNFAIR to blame an LVAD client/consumer/patient how ever you wish to label me, the cause of someone making or not making a HUGE decision in their life. I have every right to express what I'm feeling as long as I'm not offensive to others, etc. Which I'm not. I express the truth of my experience. And sad again, or down again??? Wow your really opinionated. Or, def. in the medical field on behalf of the facilities. Obviously you don't have an LVAD. To assume my honesty and experience as insignificant and a detriment to those making a decision is also sad on your part and very judgemental. I would say Diane, going off this site, as most don't really want to hear the truth, or the truth in the eyes of those going through this experience. I'm not the person to talk to. You can sugarcoat until the cows come home. I will not sugarcoat anything. But what I would have and have is empathy. As I said before, I have a right to be angry, and it is no one's place to suggest I act otherwise because they believe I should or a detriment to others. Now thats out of boundary and very judgemental. As far as the COUMADIN...i WAS INFORMED by the medical profession, My Doctor we use that drug because it was the only one used in trial with the Heartmate 2. I have a HEARTMATE 2. So I guess they lied to me. I will find out. Cheers to all of you. And bi-ventricular caused my heart to get worse?? No who knows, but it certainly didn't get better as all projected. I am unhappy with the team and believe me, made phone calls for a second look. However, as I mentioned here in this area very limited resource and they all work together. You go to one, they still team meetings with the other. Its called shared care. They are doing that now, but instead of seeing your Dr. every 6 months, you see the both facilities every 3 months. so that would be times 2 in six months, compared to one time in 6 months. But the only convenience is one hospital is closer. I'm not going any further with this, but I do believe in the healing from God...That is where my attention and faith will remain. He is the master and thats where i'm going to remain in believing him. And in response to painting a NEGATIVE PICTURE, I can only paint what is on or in my canvas. The true colors. Just wondering did you actually do the quantitative/qualitative research? To advise 95 percent of the cases are happy? What do you have to support that finding??
Cheers to all of you!! Juanita.
In reply to Jaunita by Diane B.Nora F.
JuanitaThu, 12/08/2022 - 9:38PM
Thanks Diane, you gave her some great advice.
In reply to LVAD by Juanita P.Deborah C.
LVADThu, 05/12/2022 - 9:34AM
My husband passed away 4 years ago after having his LVAD for about 2 years. I've been reading comments from people over the years and it seems they are really pushing the LVAD on a lot of people without fully explaining the complications and expense of living with an LVAD. The first year he had his LVAD our insurance company was billed for the actual dressing supplies I ordered. The following year they started billing the insurance company $10,000 an month and told them they were monitoring the LVAD 24/7. Total lie. I put in a fraud claim and it took a year before they went back and pulled the funds they had paid back. It's become a huge money making procedure that will bankrupt some. Our medical system is so corrupt just like everything else. It's becoming extremely hard to find honest people to deal with.
I see more and more people posting that are unhappy with their decision to get the LVAD.
In reply to LVAD by Deborah C.Sandra K.
Deborah C., I am sorry about…Sun, 06/04/2023 - 9:31PM
Deborah C., I am sorry about your husband. My surgery was done as an emergency to save my life. I didn't have a choice. From articles I have read, there are so many people needing heart transplants, the need can't be met. The lvad has been improved so much over the years that surgeons feel it is better than a heart transplant. No rejection meds are needed with an lvad. I'm not saying its perfect for every one but it is a good solution to people that dont qualify for a h transplant.
I also understand the money situation you talked about.....not going into that here. ;-)
In reply to Hey Juanita I’m with you I… by William W.Juanita P.
LVADWed, 05/04/2022 - 6:09PM
Hello again William,
I forgot to mention the 2 week stay in the hospital in December 21 for the GI bleed, cost my insurance 895,000.00. I just got the statement... WOW..no wonder they love me. And, had an echo in February, during the LVAD appt. The Dr. was 45 mins. late and I had to ask what the EF was, he didn't even stop in the office to see the outcome of the test right prior to off. visit. I had to be ontime, but he could have cared less...he didn't just tell me results, had to ask. he says " all the same" 5-10 EF...I said don't believe you, I'll take my disc for a second opinion. So the device baby does heart med, only 1, has done NOTHING.... I have great insurance. Retired with the state and medicare with that. This total implant, pig heart, etc...is just verbal nonsense. Oh, btw had to fight for the disc. Buyer beware!!!! Please do your extensive homework. A transplant is not all peaches and cream too. Just saying.
In reply to Hey Juanita I’m with you I… by William W.Juanita P.
TransplantSat, 05/07/2022 - 6:00PM
William, I wouldn't rule out transplant its a mixed bag. But from what I hear, Men have lower antibodies than women. Mine are very high, rules me out immediately, but you might not have high antibodies but rather very low and get a heart quickly. Make sure you talk thoroughly to the medical team/transplant. I've talked to several transplant individuals and hear both sides, bad and good. I do know, I do know for a fact once they close the door in triage, its Political. Meaning whos next with the heart. And as a multidisciplinary team, they can make that decision with no recourse.
In reply to Hey Juanita I’m with you I… by William W.Juanita P.
HummingSat, 05/07/2022 - 6:26PM
Hello again William, yes you do hear humming or rather hard pumping, if saying that correct. However, it does diminish after a while or maybe we just get used to hearing it. Idk but hang in there.
In reply to So nice to hear the… by Lisa W.Sandra K.
Hi Lisa W., yes! Words of…Sun, 06/04/2023 - 9:24PM
Hi Lisa W., yes! Words of encouragement. I've had an lvad for almost 2 years now. My surgery wasn't planned, for me it was an emergency situation. My surgeon told me that my lvad is a better solution than a transplant. I have a heartmate III. Which lvad does your husband have?
That’s Great!Mon, 11/02/2020 - 1:43PM
Very encouraging to hear. Dec 4th will be my one year anniversary. Had a few complications the first six months (GI bleeds, driveline infection) but have now settled into a routine. Destination therapy for me. Not qualified for transplant due to age (72).
In reply to That’s Great! by Dick T.ron l.
It’s my understandingSat, 11/14/2020 - 11:04PM
That there are hospitals that transplant into the 70’s. But some choose the LVAD. All the best.
In reply to That’s Great! by Dick T.Jack W.
All the best with your LVAD…Fri, 06/11/2021 - 1:17AM
All the best with your LVAD and looking forward to hearing about how everything is working out for you as you enjoy your life.
In reply to That’s Great! by Dick T.Pete A.
Coping with an LVADTue, 06/29/2021 - 1:04AM
Hi I've been developing LVADs for over 20 years, The team at St Vincent's hospital Sydney are excellent ( from comments above)
The most important thing is manage and take care of your driveline in regards to infection and cable integrity as per the hospitals instruction. Good routines are the best action.
Report any significant changes in the way you feel to your VAD coordinator, as they can check the settings for pulsatility and flow rate are appropriate.
Pete Ayre, Cardiobionic, Sydney Australia
In reply to Coping with an LVAD by Pete A.Jack W.
Good to hear from you Pete…Tue, 07/06/2021 - 2:58AM
Good to hear from you Pete and I totally agree with you re driveline maintenance. I have never ever had a driveline infection and this appears to be a rare situation!
We are all going to celebrate on the 20th October this year when 10 years will be up for my HeartWare LVAD 😀
In reply to Coping with an LVAD by Pete A.ron l.
Thank you for your insightWed, 07/07/2021 - 11:55AM
Greetings. I’ve noticed all your inventions and patents. Are you developing a fully implantable LVAD and what are your thoughts about the prospects of one. Thank you again….rl
In reply to Coping with an LVAD by Pete A.Juanita P.
Coping with an LVADSat, 05/07/2022 - 5:27PM
Hello Pete A..
Is it true that only coumadin has been experimented with the Heartmate2? This is what I was told by two of the big hospital, especially the one that implanted this LVAD.
Thank you Juanita..
AmazingSat, 11/14/2020 - 11:14PM
First one to 90 possibly.
In reply to Amazing by ron l.Jack W.
That’s possible! Only 4yrs…Fri, 06/11/2021 - 1:14AM
That’s possible! Only 4yrs 8mths to go!!
In reply to That’s possible! Only 4yrs… by Jack W.ron l.
May I ask ?Wed, 07/07/2021 - 12:08PM
I am approaching 75 and I’m intrigued and fascinated by your story. With all due respect may I ask you how long did it take for you to get your strength back? How are you doing nowadays and how’s your energy level? Thank you sir…..rl
In reply to May I ask ? by ron l.Jack W.
Hi Ron, It didn’t take me…Thu, 07/08/2021 - 4:59AM
It didn’t take me very long at all to get my strength back. After a couple of weeks in hospital, I was able to climb a flight of stairs without any trouble at all and from then I just improved more. As I’m now 85 yrs, I’m slowing down, but I still like sailing whenever possible. I still exercise but mainly at home now because of Covid 19. In the summertime, it’s great to walk along the beach which is not far away from us (Bilgola Beach).
In reply to Hi Ron, It didn’t take me… by Jack W.ron l.
Do many experience shortness of breath with the lvad?Fri, 08/13/2021 - 10:50PM
Going on 11 yearsThu, 06/10/2021 - 11:46AM
Jack, your story is amazing and inspiring, thank you for sharing. I have just published my story, called "Not an Ordinary Life", in which ny Heartmate II plays a significant part. Its available on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0972226958 in case anyone is interested. The book would have not been written except for my LVAD.
Author, Entrepreneur, Combat Marine
In reply to Going on 11 years by Reiss T.Jack W.
So pleased that you were…Fri, 06/11/2021 - 1:11AM
So pleased that you were able to write your story Reiss and Lynette and I will look forward to reading it. I’m sure it will be very interesting.
In reply to So pleased that you were… by Jack W.ron l.
How’s your energy level?Sat, 06/19/2021 - 1:28AM
Sir, I concur. Your experience is amazing. All the best. RL
In reply to Going on 11 years by Reiss T.Juanita P.
Going on 11 yearsWed, 07/07/2021 - 8:44PM
Hello Reiss, No I totally agree nothing ordinary about the LVAD. However, there are many diff. cases of why an LVAD, etc. Meaning, in some cases it should have never gotten to that point of an LVAD implant. My story is "my story." Your book has to be good because living with an LVAD is one of the hardest things I've ever done.
bookMon, 07/05/2021 - 3:10PM
I am interested in your book and would like more information as I am working on a book as well.
In reply to book by linda w.Juanita P.
BookSat, 05/07/2022 - 5:30PM
I am also working on a Book, my story and experience of course. Also the sneak peek of Heaven. Good luck to all of you~
Linda, what information…Mon, 07/05/2021 - 7:18PM
Linda, what information would you like? Reiss
They are pushing an lead on…Wed, 07/07/2021 - 12:57PM
They are pushing an lead on my husband. He used to be active riding motorcycle, working construction around the house. Now he is getting worse but is more scared of the device than dying. Could he do anything active? He is not a golfer. We love to camp primitive but I know that's out. We've tried to find people like us who love the out doors and all I get is golfers. Anyone here who could help answer?
In reply to They are pushing an lead on… by Dale L.MITCHELL S.
Frisbee golf. There are…Mon, 07/26/2021 - 5:09PM
There are leagues bringing up all over the country of people playing disc golf it's just essentially an excuse to get you out to walk around and move your arms throwin the frisbee
In reply to They are pushing an lead on… by Dale L.Diane B.
Active after LVADMon, 08/02/2021 - 6:51PM
It does not look like anyone replied to you so just a couple of suggestions if you have not already made up your minds. Ask your LVAD doctor or coordinator if they can recommend an actual recipient who you can meet who has remained very active afterwards. It certainly is a lifestyle change with the dressing changes and the need to have land power to charge the batteries but if you are creative and not too far off the beaten path it could be doable. Not sure how you define primitive camping? If that means a tent maybe you could take a generator with you or have a vehicle that has an AC plug in it to charge batteries. If it is a Heartmate3 the batteries can last up to 17 hours. Maybe you could stay at a hotel/motel nearby and still go out during the day to fish or hunt or hike. There is a Dude Ranch near Kissimmee Florida that has accomadations that are separate tents but have power and bathroom extra with your own golf cart to get around to the different activities. It is part of the Westgate group. My husband had his LVAD 11 months ago and has had an amazing recovery. He does not golf because of a bad back but he is driving and getting around town within the limitations imposed by COVID. His energy level and shortness of breathe are what they were 15 years ago. If you read some of the other posts on this site you will see people travel and go back to work and adjust to the new normal like we are all doing right now with Covid. Good luck with your decision. We wish you the best.
In reply to Active after LVAD by Diane B.ron l.
Shortness of breathThu, 08/12/2021 - 1:07AM
Hi. When you say his shortness of breathe is what it was 15 years ago does that mean he’s not experiencing any ? On a scale of 1-10 how was it before and after he received the lvad ? Thank you for your reply….ron l..
In reply to Shortness of breath by ron l.Diane B.
Sorry Ron. I just saw you…Sat, 08/14/2021 - 3:14PM
Sorry Ron. I just saw you questions. To clarify just prior to OR he was gasping for air. At night was the worst. It will be a year on 26th and since he went home (after 90 days in hospital due to double pneumonia) he has never looked back. No shortness of breath at all unless he overexerts himself and that appears to be due to reconditioning. Hope that helps. Of course everyone is different.
In reply to They are pushing an lead on… by Dale L.ron l.
Just curiousMon, 05/09/2022 - 11:36AM
Hey Dale. Can you not carry extra batteries and still go camping if that’s what you enjoy? Seems like you could but I’m only asking anyone who cares to indulge the topic. All the best.
With the delta variant is it safe to go to a food storeWed, 07/28/2021 - 2:06PM
So we got the vaccine! We were ready to stop instacart and actually go food shopping! But today they are saying even vaccinated people should wear masks. Now I’m wondering if it’s safe enough for LVAD people to go
what do you think? Do you feel it’s too risky now?
In reply to With the delta variant is it safe to go to a food store by Lori C.Juanita P.
VARIANTMon, 08/02/2021 - 8:24PM
Yes, should be fine! Covid is Covid… I got my shots but your LVAD coordinators and Drs get Paid big dollars to do their job! This is a question and recommendation from them…Shame on them for not providing updated information on what you should and should not do concerning the Covid.
CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH AND…Sat, 08/14/2021 - 12:12PM
CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH AND HERE'S HOPING I HAVE THE SAME EXPERIENCE. I've had the LVAD for 4 years now and am doing well.