I have cardiomyopathy and have a 80% rejection rate so probably won't be having a transplant. How close is the heart pump to being available for people who are not on a transplant list. Where can I obtain the latest information on heart pumps? Thank you, Jan
Dear Jan, thank you for your question. I assume you're referring to the implantable left ventricular assist device (LVAD) when you mention the heart pump. LVAD's are not currently approved for chronic use for patients who are not on the transplant list, but there are current research trials evaluating this indication for LVAD's in patients with cardiomyopathy. For more information, call 1-800-CCF-CARE and ask for the office of Dr. James Young. Dr. Young's office could give you information on this topic.
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