Patient Comments: LVAD - Patient Experience

Question:

Do you have a left ventricular assist device? Please describe your experience. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Mike, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: March 28

I have been a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) recipient now for 5 years. After years of numerous heart issues and heart failure I now feel like I never had a heart issue. The heart surgery was a bit tricky I heard but no other major issues. Only two things I worry about are one, falling and hitting my head and two to stay away from pools of water; rivers, boats, etc. I don't want to short out.

Comment from: CPB, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 21

I am glad I received a left ventricular assist device. It has kept me alive for 9 extra months now, and I expect it will do the job for many years. I am 'destination' meaning I cannot have a transplant, so my life depends on this. I was scared as a human being can be, that is normal I think, but I don't regret going through with it. I have been extremely fortunate by not having any complications, be aware that some people do have them. I would go through this again in a heartbeat.

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