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Marsha M. Family Member

VAD care in Ft. Myers/Naples, FL area

Hello,

My husband and I are considering spending a month or so in the Ft. Myers/Naples, FL area.  I'd be more comfortable if I knew of a hospital/cardiology group located in the area that I could contact in case there would be any type of emergency that could come up with my husband's Medtronic LVAD.  The Hospital Indicator App doesn't seem to have any information about this area, but I have to believe there would be many who have an LVAD living in this part of Florida.  I would appreciate anyone with information that could give me some peace of mind about traveling.  Thanks in advance.

Marsha

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Barbara G.

We lived in Port Charlotte when my husband had an LVAD from 2013 to 2016 and had to go to Tampa General for his care.  Depending on exactly where you'd be staying, you might be closer to Miami, but we are not aware of anywhere in SW Florida that offers a VAD program.  The hospital system in Charlotte County initiated a program, led by the great Dr. Christiano Caldeira, in 2013, but the system changed hands and discontinued the program after only one VAD surgery- my husband's!  Dr. Caldeira also did his transplant in 2016 and hubby is doing great.  His office is now located in Largo.  We HIGHLY recommend Dr. Caldeira.  He is the best of the best.  We moved out of Florida in 2019 so there may be something closer to Ft. Myers now.  Best wishes to you!

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Christine L.

Hi Marsha!  Tampa General Hospital has quite a few LVAD patients in the Ft. Myers/Naples.  I have been seen there for the last 8-1/2 years and consider myself lucky to have settled in a place with such a well-developed LVAD program  consisting of informed and caring personnel.  In "normal" times, there is also a large support group (Beat after Beat) for LVAD patients in the Tampa area.  You can check their website for more information.

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Barbara G.

Yes, we agree that the VAD program at Tampa General is one of the best in the country with excellent doctors and coordinators.  Well worth the drive.

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Barry and Susan (caregiver) S.

My dear strong sweet husband passed away Nov 24 2020. He had his LVAD Heartmate 2 for 4 years.  Thank you Jesus for that time.

I just want to pass these to someone who can use them.  No charge, just possibly sending or picking up cost.  

Please reply email or call 605-381-4814.

god bless and stay strong, Susan

 

 

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Barry and Susan (caregiver) S.

My dear strong sweet husband passed away Nov 24 2020. He had his LVAD Heartmate 2 for 4 years.  Thank you Jesus for that time.

I just want to pass these to someone who can use them.  No charge, just possibly sending or picking up cost.  

Please reply email or call 605-381-4814.

god bless and stay strong, Susan

Shower bag, chargers, batteries, bandages