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Thread: New LAVD device

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    Default New LAVD device

    Here is a link to an article that I thought some of you might find interesting. It is about a woman who is living with a LAVD due to heart failure until she qualifies for a heart transplant.


    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/loc...y/1069356.html
    #1 OHS 1980 Wolfe Parkinson White, Duke, Dr Sealy.
    #2 4/08 Tricuspid Replacement (31mm St. Judes Biocor), ASD closure with Bovine Patch, modified right sided Maze Procedure, Mayo clinic

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    WOW she has been thru alot. Amazing. It so great how much smaller/better these are getting and easier for the patients to live with. Thanks
    Lyn
    Mom to Justin 25 TGA,VSDs, pulmonary atresia/stenosis ect, post/Rastelli, 5 OHS, pacer in and out ... and surgery w/muscle flap for post op infection (sternal osteomyelitis with mediastinitis) www.caringbridge.org/nj/justinw

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    That is the same LVAD that Brian had. Brian was the first person in the country to have an LVAD removed without getting a heart transplant. They were already doing it in Europe and it is now being done more often in the US. Brian definitely had more energy and strength with the VAD, but the trade offs were not being able to get your stomach wet, worry about infection where the cord comes out of your abdomen and of course making sure you had plenty of batteries. Fortunately, the batteries they just got approved are smaller and last longer. The LVAD definitely saved Brian's life.
    Deanne
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    Mom of patient - 19 yr old Brian (pictured)
    Aortic dissection, 2 emergency OHS 6/30/06 & 7/1/06, heart failure, implantation of Heartmate II LVAD, triple CABG
    3/13/07 explantation of LVAD, on-x aortic valve, dacron ascending aorta, mitral valve repair, 1 new CABG

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