Tag: LVAD

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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Heart transplant success: collaboration saves a life

Heart transplant success: collaboration saves a life

If you ask anyone who was part of Rick Bales’ care team, they’ll all agree his story is rather remarkable. In January, Bales underwent a heart transplant procedure. The surgery only lasted a few hours, but his journey to a new heart began more than two years ago, after he survived a massive heart attack.

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National Walking Day: One step at a time for your health

National Walking Day: One step at a time for your health

Today is the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day, which encourages everyone to take 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk. We’re sharing the story of Jesus Parrilla, who has become an avid walker while waiting for a new heart.
Jesus Parrilla says exercise has always been a big part of

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Rev. Mahurin officiates wedding weeks after livesaving surgery

Rev. Mahurin officiates wedding weeks after livesaving surgery

A wedding isn’t really a wedding in the Mahurin family if the Rev. Randy Mahurin doesn’t preside over the event. He’s conducted the ceremonies for his three children and countless other family members. So when his granddaughter, Ashley Crocker, set the date, she expected her grandfather to be there.
But heart troubles landed the reverend

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VAD Patient’s Batteries Stolen … We Overnight New Ones

VAD Patient’s Batteries Stolen … We Overnight New Ones

Here’s a potentially scary story about one of our patient who literally had his lifeline stolen out from under him.

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Ventricular assist device keeps man ticking

Yesterday’s Monterey County Herald featured St. Louisan Tom Nichols, who after being diagnosed with congestive heart failure, received a ventricular assist device which has kept his failed heart beating for over two years.
Tom is well known around Barnes-Jewish as he is a mentor to many new patients who are eligible for the technology. He’s an

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To our friends in Joplin

To our friends in Joplin

Reading today about the devastation and loss of life after last night’s tornado in Joplin, Mo., has been poignant and frightening for many of us here at Barnes-Jewish, especially members of the Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center.
Physicians and staff in every area of transplant here see many patients from the Joplin area. The area is particularly special to our heart failure

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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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