Extremely out of breathTue, 01/11/2022 - 3:07PM
Since my LVAD 33 months ago, I have been on a slow and steady decline. My condition at present is no better than the heart failure condition I experienced prior to my surgery. With any physical exertion I can only last a minute or two before requiring about 5 minutes of rest before another minute or two of activity. Exertion meaning, holding and nailing a small board, or screwing in a shade mount. Simple things I have done all my life. I am 73 and have been active and physical even until a couple of months after the implant.
I have always been told that my arterial condition was good, but testing hasn’t been done for that in years, at least that I’m aware of. My question is has anyone out there ever experienced ischemic heart disease, in conjunction with having a LVAD? I am Vietnam veteran and thus had exposure to agent orange which can lead to ischemic heart disease.
Thank you all, just looking for answers.