LVAD FailureWed, 07/19/2017 - 12:16AM
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. My fathers LVAD (Heart Mate II) was implanted August 2015. When he had his heart attack we were literally told to take him home so he could die, as the hospitals in my home town were ill equipped to deal with heart failure of this magnitude. A nurse happened to mention the LVAD, we asked the doctor about it, received (what is now) a scary small amount of info/mis-information about it, but it was his only hope. So here we are 2 years later, he is not eligible for a heart transplant and even if a replacement LVAD was an option i dont know if he would go for it, not that i can blame him, with some of the complications and the LVAD lifestyle is not for the faint of heart (no pun intended :) ) That leads me to my questions, again i understand i may just need to talk to his PA, VAD coordinator and or doctor but what happens when the LVAD fails?? Will we have warning signs? He does go to the doctors office VERY regularly, but can they always tell ahead of time? Will they see specific signs and forewarn us? Will it just fail and he will suddenly be gone?? Any insight would be greatly appreciated.