LVAD... Left Ventricular Assist Device

THIS BLOG POWERED BY THE THORATEC HEARTMATE II LVAD:















PARTIAL HEART PUMP = LEFT VENTRICULAR ASSIST DEVICE = LVAD = THE HEARTMATE II



THE LVAD ALLOWED ME to go HOME and conquer my normal and newest tasks once again.



Thank you Columbia-Presbyterian... Dr Naka and his Surgery Team, LVAD Nation, Dr Bijou & Dr Bonoan, Dr Mascitelli and Dr Shulman-Marcus!!!



AND TO THE SCORES OF PHYSICIANS, NURSES, PROFESSIONALS AND PEOPLE THAT PUSHED ME ALONG THE WAY... FORWARD.



Thank You God For I Am Blessed!



If I Was An LVAD-NASCAR Race CAR

If I Was An LVAD-NASCAR Race CAR
I would look like this :-)

FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY LVAD DAILY NEWS AND INFO FEED

24 August 2010

Vice President Dick Cheney Postpones September 2010 Scheduled Engagement


"Vice President :-) We Are All Routing for you!!!"
FromTheBottomOfMyLVAD


ALL INFO AND PHOTO BELOW IS "REPRINTED" FROM : http://pressofatlanticcity.com/life/article_b5626606-af9a-11df-9f6c-001cc4c03286.html?mode=image&photo=0
...that i originally found on TWITTER:



Former Vice President Dick Cheney's Sept. 18 appearance at the Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort has been postponeD.

The Hilton issued a press release announcing the postponement this morning. There is no information about a new date for Cheney's appearance. Refunds will be available at the point of purchase.

The former vice president's visit to Atlantic City is the final event in the Hilton's summer speakers series, which as already brought President Bill Clinton, Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck, and Ann Coulter and James Carville to the resort.

Palimed.org Adresses The LVAD

I only knew the Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) existed just one week prior to my LVAD implant / surgery. 11 days later... I was home with my LVAD in front of my computer looking up the Who, What, When, Where, and Why of the LVAD.
One of my first interesting finds about LVAD usage was from http://www.pallimed.org/
This website is run by a group of passionate Medical Professionals who happen to be practicing physicians within The Hospice/Palliative Care field. The Pallimed's website offers ideas, debate and methodologies of their work within... allowing seriously ill people to live with dignity, control and freedom of choice; all in an effort to offer Quality Of Life... throughout their serious illnesses at the end stages of life.

Having an LVAD and experiencing a healthy existence, again, I can only imagine that the LVAD will prolong many lives that otherwise would have expired just a few years ago.

However, it does not stop there. The same Doctors and Medical professionals that run PalliMed's website and Blog are also spearheading Hospice and Palliative issues via Social Media/Networking. They can be found on Facebook, twitter...
Below are direct links to Pallimed's
articles mentioning the LVAD :
Pallimed: A Hospice & Palliative Medicine Blog: Destination LVADsNov 12, 2008 ... We see a LOT of LVADs at my hospital. They truly can be a bridge to better things--but often they are a "bridge to nowhere". ...
http://www.pallimed.org/2008/11/destination-lvads.html

Pallimed: Case Conferences: November 2008Nov 13, 2008 ... Most recently, she went to the OR to have her current LVAD replaced with a ... Patients on LVADS or BIVADS are physically restricted... http://www.pallimed.org/2008_11_01_archive.html

Pallimed: A Hospice & Palliative Medicine Blog: Heart failure ...Aug 27, 2007 ... LVADs, in the simplest terms, are implantable devices which augment the pumping ... Full-sized LVAD image (& further discussion) at WebMD, ...
http://www.pallimed.org/2007/08/heart-failure-devices.html

Pallimed: A Hospice & Palliative Medicine Blog: Rise of the MachinesDec 10, 2009 ... For those of you unfamiliar with LVADs, essentially they are .... Personally, I'd take the LVAD, at least at a younger age (and if you are ...
http://www.pallimed.org/2009/12/rise-of-machines.html

Pallimed: A Hospice & Palliative Medicine Blog: Holiday HeartAug 15, 2010 ... At the time, LVADs were used only as a bridge to heart transplant. ... The number of patients receiving a LVAD as a bridge to transplant or ...
http://www.pallimed.org/2010/08/holiday-heart.html

Pallimed: A Hospice & Palliative Medicine Blog: Pall-PourriDec 3, 2008 ... Many of the cases submitted this year for the Annual Assembly case conferences were on LVAD's. We ended up selecting one. December 08, 2008 ...
http://www.pallimed.org/2008/12/pall-pourri.html

Pallimed: A Hospice & Palliative Medicine Blog: 09_12Dec 1, 2009 ... For those of you unfamiliar with LVADs, essentially they are implanted pumps which are inserted directed into the heart and major vessels ...
http://www.pallimed.org/2009_12_01_archive.html

Pallimed: A Hospice & Palliative Medicine Blog: 07_08Aug 3, 2007 ... Journal of the American College of Cardiology has a trial looking at left-ventricular assist devices (LVADs) as destination therapy in ...
http://www.pallimed.org/2007_08_01_archive.html

Pallimed: A Hospice & Palliative Medicine Blog: NYT Sunday ...Jun 20, 2010 ... I come across these situations fairly often working at a large hospital where the heart transplant and LVAD services are quite aggressive. ...
http://www.pallimed.org/2010/06/nyt-sunday-magazine-turning-off.html

Pallimed: A Hospice & Palliative Medicine Blog: 08_12Dec 3, 2008 ... JAMA has a paper looking at some aspects of the 'natural history' of LVADs (see recent post). The paper adds some further detail to the ...
http://www.pallimed.org/2008_12_01_archive.html

Pallimed: A Hospice & Palliative Medicine Blog: Quality vs ...Aug 15, 2008 ... LVAD, improved symptoms and survival, lots of care burdens, lingering death). The basis of this seems to be several trials of oral inotropes ...
http://www.pallimed.org/2008/08/quality-vs-quantity-of-life-in-chf.html

Pallimed: A Hospice & Palliative Medicine Blog: 07_01LVAD anyone? The other talk that looks pretty interesting to me is the one on Pain Research, although I hope it does not get to bogged down in discussions ...
http://www.pallimed.org/2007_01_01_archive.html
And the good saga continues...

AS THE LVAD SPINS... The LVAD Links Its Recipients Into A Special Community



Since i started this blog, folks come to me with questions about the LVAD. By no means am i an expert, nor medical professional. I am a very lucky man with an LVAD implant and it is grafted to my heart. The LVAD, Heartmate 2, has given back to me what the Heart Attack took away!


Ever since the NEWS broke about VP Cheney receiving an LVAD as well, my email inbox and phone messages are SWARMED by the question HOW IS VP DICK CHENEY?


I wish some words or signals came out of his camp. But i do understand his need for privacy... as I do enjoy my privacy as well. I can only guess that he is doing well and following the course set for him and his condition by his team of Doctors... We hope and pray he is well, but am comfortable in knowing he is in great medical hands... no doubt!

Again The LVAD community sends its BEST wishes and Prayers out to Vice President Dick Cheney! Keep Strong in body and mind!!!

And the good saga continues...