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Kim B. Caregiver


I asked my husband who has a Heartmate 3 to dig out ten old t shirts he will still wear. THis is all he used to wear so he is comfortable in them. Then I got donations of old t shirts from our children and cut them up to make pockets to go on his old t shirts. I sew two pockets under the arms and one in the middle but over to one side to allow for the Hollister. Each pocket has a velcro closing at the top. He just slides his batteries and monitor into these pockets and is comfortable. When we go out he wears another shirt over this t shirt. if you know someone who sews have them look at the design on the LVAD T SHIRTS and copy that layout. He has ten shirts to rotate. I have made a couple of the shirts with flannel pockets for more stiffness for the batteries and to put an extra layer between skin and battery as they put off heat.

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Craig S.

Do you have a picture of the t shirts that you made?  My husband has had his lvad for 5 years and more recently he has been uncomfortable with the ones that we have purchased.  It gives him back aches so I think I need to custom make his lvad gear.  He has a Heartmate 3.  This is a few months after you posted so I am not sure you will see this but thank you in advance for posting some pics.  Nancy

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Kim B.

I changed the 'pattern' for the way my husband wanted the pockets placed on his tshirts. I had placed them in the front and his back started to hurt, so now I have moved the pockets so they are more in the back...but don't restrict him sitting. I would be glad to share with anyone who would like a more comfortable option for their LVAD. My husband has a HEARTMATE III, but I believe this can be used by different models. Please feel free to email me at and I can send you this pattern/drawing I have created. IF you do not sew, I would be glad to make one and ship it to see if this works better for you. I will just need the patients T shirt size.