Why We Do This: LVAD_one 2009 Days +

“So yes, we engage hope and strive to do our best, but our vision for this patient’s future is sometimes less than vibrant- for the reasons stated above.  Many of us have become LVAD pessimists.” 2009 days x 24 hours x 60 minutes = 2,892,960 minutes of life support… Editor’s Note: I think there is a tendency […]

VAD’s & Device Availability List

A ventricular assist device (VAD) is a mechanical circulatory device that is used to partially or completely replace the function of a failing heart. Some VADs are intended for short term use, typically for patients recovering from heart attacks or heart surgery, while others are intended for long-term use (months to years and in some […]

LVADers are all Test Pilots…

Editor’s Note: The title says it all.  Joshua is an on-line friend I met almost 2 years ago.  He has had a HeartMate II in for that entire duration plus I believe at least 1 or more years prior.  His story is amazing- and a year ago I did an interview with Josh.  I revisit […]

A Bridge to Transplant? How About a BRIDGE to Medicare?

1/2 a year shy of 65- MEDICARE hasn’t kicked in yet… STRANDED ON THE TARMAC Day:1 Day + Day + ACCESS… DENIED ! Day + Day + Day + Day + Day + Day + Epilog … RIP Click to Enlarge You Figure It Out …

Take the Leash off: The Wireless VAD

Click Image to View Article I ran across a link of this article on the SUNY FB site. So a big thank you to SUNY 🙂 . “Tetherless” power-transmission technology could radically change LVAD therapy…  By Reed Miller Ft Lauderdale, FL– Engineers have been trying to create a completely implantable ventricular assist device (VAD) that […]

The Joshua Story [2]

The Joshua Interview: (Click Image above to Visit Josh’s Website) Editors Note:  Josh is a HeartMate II recipient and is awaiting a heart transplant.  Please click here   if you are unfamiliar with his story and would like to see how we got to the point of doing this interview. On 06/09/2011 Hello Joshua, this is […]

When the Bullet Hits the Bone …

The title of this may seem odd, it is from a song back in the mid-80’s. It just popped into my head when thinking about writing this.  But today it seems an apt metaphor for this particular story.  It’s when reality hits,  the movie part is over, and life turns to get a bit more […]

Lifelines for Heart Patients

How Media Links Represent a Lifeline of Hope for Heart Surgery Patients There is one unexpected outcome of putting this Blog out there.  I figured it to be a resource and a forum for commentary, but I never expected it to become part of a process. A process that plays a substantial role in the […]

The Joshua Story [2]

The Joshua Interview: (Click Image above to Visit Josh’s Website) Editors Note:  Josh is a HeartMate II recipient and is awaiting a heart transplant.  Please click here   if you are unfamiliar with his story and would like to see how we got to the point of doing this interview. On o6/09/2011, Teutonic 13 wrote: Hello […]