my husband had widow maker heart attack may 10,2009,,sustained massive damage to his heart. did thankfully survive.In oct 2009 he had a defibulator, implanted ,,his injection fraction is 23 %
he just had a vo2 stress done his vo2 max was 14.7
his functional capacity is 46%
his anaerobic threshold is 31%
what does this mean,,were do we go from here ? next step? heart pump? transplant?
What does his doctor suggest? Transplantation is a serious step and it doesn't fix the problem; you are only replacing one problem for another. Life spans are increased but the patient is still classified as being terminally ill. Some patients live 20 more years, some don't make it off the operating table. The drug therepy is unforgiving; miss 2 doses of the anti-rejection pills and it's given by IV. Has your doctor mentioned seeing a transplant team?
no ,,not as of yet ,they are gonna play with his meds for a month or so and then see were to go from here.Im just trying to get all the info we can to make an informed decision,the whole thing is scary..thank you for your input,it is appreciated
I see. The pump can sometimes be used to help a person survive until a transplant can be found. When you see the transplant team you will all be evaluated (you won't know you're being evaluated though) to see if you and your husband are strong enough to accept what it takes to face going through a transplant. We've been there, our daughter had her transplant when she was 22 due to Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. If I can help, just let me know.
Don't panic! LOLs! They don't just write you off......you will probably be talking a lot with a hospital social worker who deals as part of the transplant team. To go through transplant can be a rollycoaster ride; there are both good and bad times until the doctors get your husband to where he needs to be which is feeling A LOT better. They just want to make sure that your husband has your support and that he is stable enough to realize what it takes to take all of the drugs for the rest of his life and after transplant that can be a pretty long life: 20+ years. I may be mistaken, but I don't think so, when I say that the pumps are usually placed to give a person life until his new heart can be found. I don't think they put them in to just put them in. You will do just fine! Take care
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