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  • Tips and Tricks
    Posted 05/19/2017 - 9:51pm | Last activity 2 days 5 hours
    I've had my device for 3 years and the past couple of months, the skin under the bandage and the foley anchor has started to itch, but I don't know from what. I don't know if it's the Tegraderm, the cloraprep which my doctor said to switch to alcohol to clean the area, or the skin prep solution.
  • Posted 02/11/2012 - 5:09pm | Last activity 2 days 5 hours
    Today, I took my first shower since my LVAD was implanted 6 1/2 months ago. It was absolute heaven. I was very nervous but it was actually easier than I expected. It was a little time consuming but I am sure that once I get a routine down it will become old hat.
  • Caregiver Support
    Posted 07/19/2017 - 12:16am | Last activity 4 days 10 hours
    This may not be the forum for this question, but who better to answer my questions than those living with an LVAD and the people who care for them.
  • Tips and Tricks
    Posted 03/28/2015 - 9:26pm | Last activity 5 days 7 hours
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  • Posted 01/22/2013 - 11:53pm | Last activity 5 days 7 hours
    Well's finally here! THE VAD PAD!!! Check out our website
  • Posted 04/04/2012 - 3:28pm | Last activity 5 days 7 hours
    O ne person who donates in death, can save many lives,Rescuing the waiting for a heart, liver, kidneys or eyes,Great is the need for organs, blood and tissue of all kind,
  • Posted 11/07/2013 - 3:57am | Last activity 5 days 7 hours
    Hello I have a question my mom got her Lvad in May and she has recently developed this cough that just won't go away. It's horrible especially at night. It wakes up both up cause it just keeps going and going.
  • Posted 11/06/2012 - 11:10am | Last activity 5 days 7 hours
    Welcome to a new community member, and thanks for sharing your story!
  • Posted 01/11/2012 - 10:03am | Last activity 5 days 7 hours
    How are people feeling about the emotional implications of an LVAD on their sex life/drive?
  • Posted 06/06/2013 - 11:18pm | Last activity 5 days 7 hours
    husband is going to the top of the list for one, and just want to know if anyone who reads this can give advice regarding post heart transplant. May never happen, but he is having second thoughts regarding all involved and complications....Thanks for listening, Hope as always
  • Posted 08/02/2012 - 2:00am | Last activity 5 days 7 hours
    Idea came to my mind \ Question Was now a possibility to charge the cell phone wireless recharge .... Has anyone heard or know is there such a development for a lvad? The idea is that the batteries run out quickly (like iPhone) and now the load out Without wires.
  • Posted 10/05/2011 - 2:04pm | Last activity 5 days 7 hours
    What a wonderful asset to our precious LVAD community! Thank you for your sincere passion and commitment to our patients. As a resident in training, I am truly humbled by this dedicated team.
  • Posted 02/15/2013 - 7:22pm | Last activity 5 days 7 hours
    I notice a lot of you are experiencing discomfort with the vests and such for the LVAD. You might want to check out
  • Posted 04/17/2012 - 8:24am | Last activity 5 days 7 hours
    Show your love for your LVAD friends and family! Wear green and/or blue this Friday! For more information, go here:
  • Posted 01/13/2014 - 6:21pm | Last activity 5 days 7 hours
    Please read my dad's page on fb and send prayers his way! Thank you guys!
  • Posted 11/24/2012 - 7:22pm | Last activity 5 days 7 hours
    Has anyone had any luck getting employment after having a L-Vad placed? I'm currently on SSI and Social Security and I only make $870 a month and I live in Southern California. I'm tired I'm living broke any advice?
  • Posted 01/30/2012 - 9:47am | Last activity 5 days 7 hours
    I've been reading some articles here and in some blogs about intimacy, but I often wonder - How long did it take you before feeling comfortable "in the bedroom" after getting your LVAD?
  • Posted 07/18/2013 - 10:00pm | Last activity 5 days 7 hours
    We have had a major setback......Drive line broke and lost all current, so heart pump stopped......At CC for a few days. Holding his own, but there is a difference in his energy.....He was doing so so well. Now waiting for a heart.
  • Posted 08/20/2012 - 9:20am | Last activity 5 days 7 hours
    My uncle just recieved the LVAD here in Rochester, NY and is planning on returning to Naples, FL soon. I have been his primary caregiver and I'm trying to locate a support group and any other help that he could recieve. If anyone is from this area and knows anything please let me know. thanks
  • Posted 11/12/2011 - 9:12pm | Last activity 5 days 7 hours
    53yoa WM 6'4. CHF, Stem Cell study patient, 3 mi's , sudden cardiac death, CAB x5 15 years ago. I am waiting on the surgeon to give me the date for my implant.I have read just about everything I can find. It is the LVAD and eventually transplant. Basically I am very healthy other than my heart.