Tag: left ventricular assist device

Heart Transplant Gives Marine a New Mission

Heart Transplant Gives Marine a New Mission

James Williams is the kind of guy who has worked at keeping himself in shape. In his line of work, it’s a smart thing to do. A former high-school athlete, Williams served in the Marine Corps Reserve, including a stint in Desert Storm, and spent 23 years in law enforcement.
But in 2007, at age

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ECMO to LVAD to Heart Transplant: John Hamblin’s Race to Recovery

ECMO to LVAD to Heart Transplant: John Hamblin’s Race to Recovery

John Hamblin began running in half marathons—the majority of them in the St. Louis area—when he was in his mid-40s. Then he discovered 50-in-50 clubs, members of which set the goal of running half or full marathons in all 50 states. Hamblin was inspired, and between 2009 and 2015, he ran half marathons in 15

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He loves the Cardinals – heartily

He loves the Cardinals – heartily

This up-and-down World Series is giving all but the most stout-hearted Cardinals fans fits. Luckily for Sam Frisella, of O’Fallon, MO,  he now fits that description.
Frisella  had waited since July  for the call that would tell him a donor heart had become available.  Little did he know it would come before Game 1 of the

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Dick Cheney: new heart pump, new outlook

The latest photo of Dick Cheney, less than six months after receiving an LVAD heart pump, shows a leaner version of his former self.
The LVAD, or left ventricular assist device, can be used as either a permanent solution or as a bridge to a heart transplant. Cheney, suffering from congestive heart failure, was implanted

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LVAD helps patients get back to life

LVAD helps patients get back to life

In a recent story in Reuters, the bionic attributes of a left ventricular assist device, or an LVAD, are discussed in terms of keeping patients alive whether a donor heart is a possibility or not.
LVAD’s are used as both an intermittent or final solution when a patient is suffering from heart disease and can

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Dick Cheney Story Brings Attention to Left Ventricular Assist Devices

Former vice president Dick Cheney recieved a Left Ventricular Assist Device or LVAD today. It’s a device that’s more common than you might think for patients in severe congestive heart failure.
In a statement, the 69 year-old Cheney said in part:
“A few weeks ago, it became clear that I was entering a new phase of

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