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For advanced heart failure patients, the challenges of daily activities can outweigh the pleasures of life. Ventricular assist devices can offer new hope for patients who have exhausted other therapies. After VAD implantation, many patients return to daily life with restored blood flow and more energy. The small, streamlined design of modern VADs allows most patients to move around with few limits on life—which many patients report living to the fullest.*


asset
Age:
65-69
Location:
Lincoln Park, NJ
Implanted:
February 2012
Indication:
Destination therapy
Hobbies:
Work full time, social organizations, gardening, reading

My story is quite different: I was completely healthy - no heart issues whatsoever. In November of 2011 I developed flu-like symptoms. Thanks to my Primary Care Doctor, a chest xray showed fluid in...


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asset
Age:
50-59
Location:
Utica, NY
Implanted:
June 2012
Indication:
Destination therapy
Hobbies:
Gardening, Fishing, Walking

I received the HeartMate II on June 21, 2012.  It happened so fast, I did not know what hit me, and I still find it hard to believe. But I am thankful to be alive.  The HeartMate II has g...


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asset
Age:
65-69
Location:
Binghamton, NY
Implanted:
June, 2011
Indication:
Bridge-to-transplant
Hobbies:

About two years before the LVAD, I started to feel more tired with less effort. I lacked energy and I had to rest if climbing stairs, etc.  Since I received my HeartMate II from Strong Memoria...


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*Please consult the Instructions for Use for indication for use, contraindications, warnings, and adverse events. Individual experiences, symptoms, situations, and circumstances may vary. Please consult your physician or qualified health provider regarding your condition and appropriate medical treatment.

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