Participating in Clinical Trial of HeartMate III Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)

Participating in Clinical Trial of HeartMate III Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)


ROBERT:
What we’re going to do is take her off of the main power source and put her on to the
batteries. If you were slow, and you couldn’t do it, nothing serious is going to happen.
It has a 15 minute reserve, and then it has an extra five, I believe. KRISTI:
She is a battery-operated woman, but she is first a woman. And I think that’s the important
thing. We don’t want anybody to feel like they’re a chronic patient. She’s got batteries
to keep her going. SUZANNE:
She has two options for power…um, during the day when she’s up walking around, having
her life, she’ll be hooked up to batteries. At night time, they’re on the mobile power
unit, plugs into the wall and then she plugs it with a 20-foot cable. This is exactly what
comes out of her body. Metal piece here attaches to her system controller. It’s the computer
software that makes the pump work. ROBERT:
That’s where it’s coming out of. SUZANNE:
We’ve had people travel the world with the pump. We’ve had people go on cruises, planes
are pretty easy. DR. MEHTA:
What’s important in life is different for different people. I might have a patient who
wants to run a marathon who has bad heart failure, and I may have a patient who just
wants to be around for two more birthdays for her grandson. Or I might have a father
who wants to walk his daughter down the aisle at
her wedding. Each one of those are important, equally important…because it’s what that
person wants to do with the rest of their life. MARIA:
If I didn’t have this, where would I be? I wouldn’t be here. I’m just blessed to
be given the chance to prolong my life…you know, be around my grandkids, my family. I’m
just blessed.

Daniel Yohans

2 thoughts on “Participating in Clinical Trial of HeartMate III Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)

  1. Aijaz khan says:

    wonderful

  2. ItsLizzz says:

    I have the same device I have a heartmate 3 LVAD and I’m the youngest patient to have it in the United States

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