LVAD... Left Ventricular Assist Device

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FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY LVAD DAILY NEWS AND INFO FEED

10 August 2010

Vice President Dick Cheney Released From Hospital

Former Vice President Dick Cheney was released Monday from the hospital, about a month after doctors installed a new pump in his chest to assist his damaged heart. A spokesman said in a brief statement that the vice president “was released from Fairfax hospital and returned home this morning.”


Associated Press

In this July 8, 2001 file photo released by The White House Vice President Dick Cheney smiles while fly-fishing on the Snake River with his family in his home state of Wyoming.

The former vice president was released from the hospital Monday. His daughter Liz Cheney said he is already planning trips for fly fishing and hunting later this year. Cheney had his first heart attack at 37-years-old and his most recent one in February. He entered the hospital in late June complaining of discomfort, and later disclosed that he was “entering a new phase of the disease when I began to experience increasing congestive heart failure.”
That led to the decision to implant a left ventricular assist device, or LVAD, in his chest in July.

While the treatment is relatively new, one of Cheney’s doctors held out hope last week that the former vice president will be able to return to an active life.

“This can take a person who has a failing heart, who is short of breath, perhaps, you know, walking to the bathroom, and can restore them, not just a sort of adequate functioning, but to normal functioning,” Dr. Jonathan Reiner told Cheney’s daughter, Liz, on Fox News last week. “People with this device can go back to work and go back to full-time work.”

They also can go back to fishing and hunting – two of the vice president’s favorite activities – Reiner added in response to a prompt from Cheney.

Reiner describes the device this way: “What this pump can do is take blood from the failing heart, accelerate it with a turbine essentially that’s spinning it almost 10,000 revolutions per minute and essentially jack that up into the aorta. So, a failing heart may only be able to deliver two liters per minute of blood to the body. A normal heart can deliver almost six liters per minute. It’s about a quarter and a half, gallon and a half, excuse me. This device by itself can deliver over six liters per minute.”

Link:
http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2010/08/09/cheney-released-from-hospital/

And the good saga continues...

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