I a new caregiver to an LVAD recipentSun, 11/27/2011 - 12:47AM
My husband Russ has had an LVAD put in on October 27th so it has only been one month. He is doing good. He was born with 3rd degree AV block and mitral valve prolapse. Back in November 2009 he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and had a pacemaker put in. In August of this year had a relapse. It was then we were told that we needed to see about having his mitral valve repair/replaced. We went to a heart surgeon who then told us that his heart was very bad off and replacing the valve was not possible. The option was to repair the valve and place an LVAD in to assist the heart while waiting for a new one. Well, now we are at November 27th and a month into living with the LVAD. He is adjusting well to it and I am just doing what needs to be done to take care of him and not think about all of this as it really freaks me out.