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I Have A CHF Will Need A Transplant (waiting List) Most Likely LAVD. Has Anyone Been Living With LVAD. How Is The Quality Of Life?

I Have A CHF Will Need A Transplant (waiting List) Most Likely LAVD. Has Anyone Been Living With LVAD. How Is The Quality Of Life?

Are you able to adjust, live well and what activities ie golf, bike ride. Thanks Jack Newman

A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member said:

Chf=Congestive Heart Failure
LVAD=Left Ventricular Assist Device (its a heart pump)

posted almost 2 years ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member said:

Jack Newman I had an lvad for about two years. Only thing you can't do is go swimming or take a bath. Eventually you can shower but you need a shower bag to put batteries in and controller. Normally don't get that till you've had your lvad about 5-6 months.they make different kinds of clothes like shirts and tee shirts to put batteries and controller in so you don't have to wear a holster. Need to go to the web there's different people that custom design and make them for your specific needs.

posted 5 months ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member said:

Thank you

posted almost 2 years ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member said:

My mom and daughter both had low EFs below 20% Yes it’s connected by a driveline cord that exits your chest/stomach to the controller and batteries so it is on you at all times. The only thing you can’t do is get it wet. No swimming or baths. You can do everything else.

posted about 2 years ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member said:

My mom has had her lvad since 2011. It saved her life! Life is very different her, for us but her quality of life is very good. No shortness of breath!
My daughter also had an lvad for 9 months before getting a Tranplant. She enjoyed life to the fullest. Adjusted very well.

posted about 2 years ago
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