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  • Living with an LVAD
    Last activity 6 days 4 hours
  • Living with an LVAD
    Last activity 7 months 1 week
  • New to LVADs
    Last activity 11 hours 20 min
    Hi, hello, good afternoon! My husband is jumping through the hoops to get qualified for the Heartmate II. We're just about done and meeting with the LVAD surgeon in just a week. I don't see many recent posts and it concerns me dearly.
  • New to LVADs
    Last activity 18 hours 24 min
    I was disappointed to hear from my doctor that right now I'm not a candidate for an LVAD. I didn't know until my doctor informed us that your heart has to be enlarged and you have to have a certain Ejection fraction in order to get an LVAD.
  • Last activity 1 day 1 hour
    Hi I am new to this forum so bear with me. My husband has been ill for 11 years and had his LVAD 2 years ago. He has had many complications such as GI bleeding, MRSA, 2 ileus and required many blood transfusions. He has been in the nursing home two times to get IV antibiotics for the MRSA.
  • Last activity 6 days 2 hours
    any recommendations on medicare plans
  • Living with an LVAD
    Last activity 6 days 8 hours
    I am 49 and got my lvad in September 2017, I have been playing guitar since I was 10 . Now the problem is my electric guitar picks up the pump and transmits it through the amp to the point of not being able to play.
  • Living with an LVAD
    Last activity 1 week 1 day
    Lets get to it. The worst thing that can happen to an LVAD user is a drive line infection. It can put you in the hospital many times over and cures with the various antibiotics may or may not work for you. It can lead to extra surgeries for debridement and in some cases make it worse.
  • New to LVADs
    Last activity 1 week 1 day
    I just got out of the hospital. Had my VAD placed almost 3 weeks ago. Can you guys share tips and hints on how to wear my VAD? I have a Heartware 2. Thank you
  • Last activity 1 week 6 days
    I am a new LVAD patient, and I have the HeartWare pump and controller. I just modified a 5.11 tactical shirt. I sewed in an 1 1/2 elastic strap to the shirt across my lower chest to act as a belt for holding the controller.
  • New to LVADs
    Last activity 3 weeks 2 days
    Hello, I am new to this forum . I had my lvad surgery on September 19 . Everything seems to be going good except for the fact that i can hear the high pitched hum of the pump .H as anyone else had this problem?
  • Recipient Support
    Last activity 3 weeks 2 days
    Hello I am a new lvad recipient, I had my surgery on september 19 . Everything seems to be going well except for the fact that i can hear the pump running . It is very annoying and I was wondering if anyone else has this issue?
  • Caregiver Support
    Last activity 3 weeks 5 days
    My husband had his LVAD op October 2017 10 days later he developed bowed ischaemia and had life saving surgery again, he had bowel resection and an illeostomy. He is lucky to have survived.
  • Last activity 4 weeks 10 hours
    I have been an LVAD patient since Feb. 1, 2010 and can truly say I have been blessed. It started when I was referred to Mayo for a consolation but while waiting to be called by a doctor while sitting in the waiting room I passed out and was taken right away to the emergency room.
  • Last activity 1 month 3 days
    Hi, My name is Matthew.
  • Caregiver Support
    Last activity 1 month 4 days
    My Uncle has been living with his LVad for many years. He has recently been having complications. He's been in hospital over a week with a GI bleed they can't seem to find. He's had two colonoscopy and swallowed a pill that had a camera in it.
  • Last activity 1 month 4 days
    My father has had his Heartmate II for about 2 years and also has a pacemaker/defibilator that he has had for several years.  His main problem is nausea and constant pain around the area where the "elbow" of the pump is. He recently started complaining of a gurgling sensation after he eats.  Have
  • New to LVADs
    Last activity 1 month 5 days
    Hi My father is 60 years old who suffered a ischemic stroke on 11/1/2018. Right now he is half paralyzed with aphasia. He has chronic heart failure. His heart is working 15-20%. He had a bypass in 2006 and a pacemaker implanted in 2012.
  • New to LVADs
    Last activity 1 month 6 days
    Hello My name is Bassit Nawaz, I was your average university student living a healthy and active lifestyle while making time to study and was on the path to obtaining my Bachelors Degree in Science’s.
  • Recipient Support
    Last activity 1 month 1 week
    I have had an LVAD for 8 years. The new daily cleaning of my driveline is a pre-packaged kit, which includes an effective infection prevention disk called biopatch. Because of skin issues, I am unable to use them. Every day I have a new disk to add, and have a good-sized bag now.

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