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03.19.14 | Cecil Van Houten | Comments[4]

 

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Saturday afternoon I was discharged from the hospital.  This was the second-longest stay I've had there (six weeks), the longest being the six months from 10/12 to 5/13 when I was waiting for a heart.  Hard to believe I've had the VAD for nearly a year (4/13).

Hope to be home for a long time; things look good and I'm feeling better than I have in months.  More later.  Thank you for praying.

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on 03.19.14 Deb Ross commented

What's a VAD?

on 03.19.14 Anonymous commented

Deb, A ventricular assist device (VAD) is a mechanical circulatory device that is used to partially or completely replace the function of a failing heart. Some VADs are intended for short term use, typically for patients recovering from heart attacks or heart surgery, while others are intended for long-term use (months to years and in some cases for life), typically for patients suffering from advanced congestive heart failure.

VADs are distinct from artificial hearts, which are designed to completely take over cardiac function and generally require the removal of the patient's heart. VADs are designed to assist either the right (RVAD) or left (LVAD) ventricle, or both at once (BiVAD). The type that is used depends primarily on the underlying heart disease and the pulmonary arterial resistance that determines the load on the right ventricle.

Hope that helps.

on 03.21.14 Judy Inman commented

Praises to God. I was not aware of your dire straits, yet out of the clear blue sky...?God moment?? You were brought to my prayers. So glad that I listen to the Holy Spirit. Will keep praying.

on 03.23.14 sherry spencer commented

PRAISE GOD that he now has a new heart.

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