Deciding Whether to Get LVADSat, 06/27/2015 - 5:46PM
I have Stage IV CHF. I'm on a milrinone pump and living at home with my wife. I am weak and breathless, but able to do simple housework and run errands and go to movies. I generally enjoy life. I've been recommended for an LVAD and am trying to decide when to get it. I am tempted to put it off because life is pretty good right now, and it looks like a very big deal, with weeks in the hospital or rehab facility and being laid up at home for more weeks. I live in Washington, DC, and will get the LVAD from the Medstar Cardiac Institute at the Washington Hospital Center. Any advice from people who have been in my position and have selected implantation?