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HeartMate III Mens Clothing

I received a HeartMate III LVAD on 1/25/19. I have been home from the hospital for 5 days and I am using a Thoratec vest that was given to me at the hospital.I am ready to order mens clothing to accommodate my LVAD and would appreciate some advice. The batteries are now hanging on my side and the system controller is hanging around my neck. It is cumbersome and uncomfortable. I am looking for clothing recommendations that will be more comfortable. I like loose fitting tops/shirts. In looking at the LVAD clothing site, I am a bit confused on how best to order. Any suggestions on shirts/vests that will hold the batteries and drive line comfortably would be greatly appreciated. 

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Ken L.

Try Olympian fishing jacket from Amazon. Pockets all in the right place. 

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Juanita P.

I find that most of clothing and equipment for the LVAD are more designed for men.  Not quite sure with the stats but are there more men with an LVAD than Women?  Had to be a male that designed the clothing.  

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Larry B.

There are tons of clothing options out there for you.

if you want inexpensive vests use amazon.com Here’s a link to one that I have multiple ones of https://www.amazon.com/Eidlvais-Multi-Pockets-Outdoors-Travels-Sports/dp/B01ESLJS0O/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=Multi+pocket+travel+vests&qid=1552335756&s=gateway&sr=8-5

Do a search on amazon for “multi pocket travel vests”. Most of these have large inside posters that will hold your batteries and smaller ones for the controller.

my daily go to clothing are cargo shorts/pants. Put my batteries in pant/short front pockets and controller in front cargo pocket. I use velcro ties to tie the cords together and then loop it through my belt loop to secure. Pull my shirt down and it only leaves about 4” of cords that can get caught on anything.

if you have a reason to get dressed up and don’t want to cut your clothes up to accommodate your cords there is a fix for that. It’s called a football girdle. I use the Under Armour 6 pad football girdle. Wear it inside out. Batteries go in ea of the thigh pad pockets and controller goes in the hip pad pocket. You wear it inside out because it’s easier to get the equipment in and out. Put your shorts or pants on and you are good to go. All your cords are out of sight and nothing to get caught on. This is what I use to play golf in. Works perfect.

ive found all the shirts they advertise to be a little lame. When you pull a shirt on over them you look like The Hulk! Good luck

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Yolanda M.

My son is 33 we order tactical shirt is what police officers wear

the batteries are held by the side pockets where the hand guns are usually held, then I see a pocket in front to hold the device.

 

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Diana K.

We use

web page www.lvadgear.com

Brett (owner)#715.577.3995

My last communication Brett inquired if i was a patient as he was looking for ladies to review his clothes. U might consider reaching out to him.

Email lvadgear@live.com 

Ps my husband has the m/l sleeping belt and the backpack (his waist size is 32 inches) hope this helps. Take a look at his gear its great. If u have questions reach out he is great n will respond. Oh ya ...he has an LVAD TOO.

Best of luck

D.Kuykendall

diane55@aol.com 

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Myriam T.

My wife has purchased Nike Jackets at Kohls for $20.00 dollars. Theycome with pockets on the inside and she has added an additional one for the driveline. They look great and are very comfortable. She also purchase a small backpack at Walmart and carries her bagtteries and driveline on  a backpack and aor also a sa small womans purse. She looks fashionable and chic all the time. Has had her LVAD ll for almost 7 years.

 

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Mariza M.

Hi

I also used to wear nice vests with pockets inside to put the batteries. Now I bougth an LVADshirt that is very practical as the batteries are placed in the lateral and this avoid back pain. Over the LVADshirt I wear a kind of an addapted homemade Blazers or coats. 

Mariza

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Mariza M.

Hi

I also used to wear nice vests with pockets inside to put the batteries. Now I bougth an LVADshirt that is very practical as the batteries are placed in the lateral and this avoid back pain. Over the LVADshirt I wear a kind of an addapted homemade Blazers or coats. 

Mariza

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Myriam T.

My wife has purchased Nike Jackets at Kohls for $20.00 dollars. They come with pockets on the inside and she has added an additional one for the driveline. They look great and are very comfortable. She also purchase a small backpack at Walmart and carries her batteries and driveline on  a backpack and also wears a small woman"s purse. She looks fashionable and chic all the time. Has had her LVAD ll for almost 7 years.

 

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Erin P.

My dad had loops on his belt that the batteries would sit in. He also had another pocket that slid on the belt to hold the controller. 

I also had found that they sell consealed weapon shirts work well too. They have pockets on each side to hold the batteries. 

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Kelly R.

My boyfriend uses the tactical under shirts he received at the hospital when he left.  We ordered more and altered them a little by adding a slit in the side where the drive line is.  He tucks his shirts in and without the slit it pulls on the cord.

Also, we purchased a backpack that he carries and it holds his batteries as well as the controller. He is a baseball coach and everything is safely on his back, it's easy to carry, and no one really mentions the fact that he has the pack. (he is very self-conscious and is still getting used to all of it.)  We just looked up LVAD clothes and LVAD accessories on Amazon.

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Juanita P.

Yes I do understand, I am very conscious of it too.  I also bought a backpack, paid $127 for it....not worth that price, but I guess they have you going.  Or i'll buy a backpack and take down to the dry cleaners/alterations and they put velcro or a zipper on for me.  

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Amy K.

my husband has 3 of the shirts and they work very well. Definitely buy a size or two larger. After 8 months I wish I could say he’s use to the weight of everything. He has the heartmate 3

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Joanne W.

undertechundercover,com ….mens concealment carry shirts v neck 3 pak  shirts. 3/ $129.99  ..   41115-White.....  large. Both sides fit the heartmate 3 after you take out a tiny bit of curved stitching, on both sides. They have worked the best for us.  we purchase 6. and they hold up well for about 2 years.   My son wears his controller on his belt. another shirt over the top.  the prices on the medical  shirts are outrageous.  Hope it will help you .  

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Todd J.

It really depends on your body type what's good to wear to carry your equipment in. I'm 5'11" 240lbs so the conceal shirts look bulky on me. I've chosen when I'm at home to wear many pocketed vest. However in public, I've purchased cargo shorts which holds the batteries and a  5 inch Velcro waist band that holds my controller, which I wear under my pants. What I do is buy a larger waist size as to make the pants look less bulky. Your best bet is to find what works best for you.

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Jeannie S.

My husband had the Heartmate 2 LVAD in March 2016.  I have the equipment that goes with this such as batteries, charger, etc that I would like to give to someone that can use them.  If interested just send me a message.

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Chris H.

Light weight vest with patent pending pocket system for Heartmate 2 & 3.

Http://www.VADLiving.com