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Would you like to join an important study about your experience of living with a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)?

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John I.

My name is John.  I was diagnosed with CHF in 2012. In 2013 I completed P90X twice and was in the best shape of my life.  Had several medical relapses over the years and received my LVAD in March of 2017.  Currently also have a PICC line. 

I am reaching out for guidance or others in the same situation, what excersices work well yet accommodate the medical limitations?  Is there anybody looking for a workout buddy in the DE area?

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Lisa L.

 Hello everyone, my name is Lisa Harmon Long and I am a patient living with the HeartWare Lvad. Since I am destination therapy,  I wanted to come up with something to make my life easier and make me look and feel normal or “whatever normal means LOL😁  while in public .

So , I invented a fashionable medical device cover for the HeartWare  and HeartMate Lvad. We currently have the HeartWare available in stock now,  and will be offering the HeartMate covers  very soon. We will be making different designs for men,  women and children very soon .

These are high-quality covers  made from the best materials , all handcrafted. These will be sold in a three-piece kit with a Bag and Strap cover,  and a new comfy Shoulder Pad   . Here is the website and a sneak peek at the video and some future items that will be available soon. These patent pending items are life-changing and I just wanted to offer them to my Lvad  family as an option. Have a blessed day

Lisa Harmon Long

www.lvadskins.com

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Karen T.

My husband has had his heartmate 3 since Sept 2018, he still has bouts when his legs just want to give way on him and also he gets dizziness at times, does anyone else have these issues after 1 year, please tell us what you did, our LVAD team is the best but they have done changes to meds, fluid intake and nothing helps,  hes 73 and I'm 69 and being a caregiver is hard work, I need some answers with reasurrance this will get better, thanks for listening 

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Connie W.

Have your doctors check his meds again. As for a caretaker you should find a program that offers help. It will give you a break. It's hard to be the only one. Ask your coordinator for ideas of where to go. The insurance should cover it. God bless

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Susan S.

Our ages are about the same a few years older.  Barry has had the Lvad HM 2 for 3 years.  It’s a journey and he still has a hard time walking without fear of falling.  As a care taker just be there and help however you can.  Lvad team said “you are both getting a Lvad”.  We take walks when he feels  comfortable.   He exercises at the gym , mostly using the low riding bike it is a comfortable and secure way to strengthen his legs and core.  The leg press is another one that is helpful.  Has he ever had a trainer or Physical Therapist?  Is his Lvad destination ?  Barry’s is.  Too old for transplant.  I hope some of this helps, it does get more comfortable.😇  

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Anthony V.

yes I want to join your survey about my lvadd
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Anthony V.

ive been searching for an lvadd heart mate 3 support group that meets periodically . I have not had success, ive had my lvadd for 3 years now and im on the transplant list , I own my own plumbing co and work almost everyday id love to meet with people with my same health issue I live in Vernon ct if anyone knows of a group that meets off line in the area please inform me my drs don't thks tony
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Chris G.

I had a heart mate 3 lvad for two years and then got my heart transplant 9/19/19. I have a shower bag, kits, batteries and charger.  Who is interested?? I would like to send it to someone in need. God bless everyone 

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Chris G.

I had a heart mate 3 lvad for two years and then got my heart transplant 9/19/19. I have a shower bag, kits, batteries and charger.  Who is interested?? I would like to send it to someone in need. God bless everyone