Living with an LVAD

Scott Reid, 28, finds life with an LVAD is pretty full

Scott Reid and son blog

U-M LVAD patient Scott Reid, along with son Landon and girlfriend Abbie, is “happy to be alive.”

Scott Reid was healthy his entire life. A high school football player and swimmer, he was busy enjoying his 20s and looking forward to what the future might hold. Little did he know he would soon be living with an LVAD (left ventricular assist device).

At age 24, Scott’s health began to change. Feeling tired and rundown, he initially thought he had pneumonia. “I couldn’t make it up six steps,” he recalls. But the diagnosis was not pneumonia. “It was advanced heart failure,” says Scott, still surprised by the diagnosis three years later.

Air lifted from his hometown hospital to the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center, Scott spent more than two weeks in intensive care as doctors worked to determine the cause of his condition. Finally diagnosed as a viral attack on his heart, Scott was released from the hospital with medication. Continue reading

Meet the longest living HeartMate II LVAD recipient

David Pierce shares his journey

Judy and David Pierce enjoy the company of their granddaughters.

Judy and David Pierce enjoy the company of their granddaughters.

Over the last 10 years, left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have proved to be a viable alternative to heart transplants. The procedure gives patients a chance to experience a better overall quality of life, especially those who are not candidates for heart transplant.

The University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center is home to one of the world’s largest and most experienced LVAD programs. In fact, U-M’s LVAD program has successfully implanted more than 580 long-term devices in patients.

One man’s journey with the HeartMate II LVAD

One of those is David Pierce, who has the distinguished recognition as being the longest living HeartMate II LVAD patient in the U.S. David received his first LVAD on May 26, 2004, at the age of 52. Today, he is living a happy, healthy life — and spending precious time with his family.

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