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Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) - John's Story

John Karp, Brunswick, is an entrepreneur, fascinated with technology. However, one day he found out his heart needed the latest technology: a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD).

Now John’s heart is strumming after his implant at Maine Medical Center. His surgeon, Walter DeNino, MD, said that a LVAD is a treatment option for certain patients with end-stage heart failure. A LVAD is implanted in heart failure patients to help the heart’s left ventricle (major pumping chamber of the heart) pump blood throughout the body. The LVAD can be used two ways:

  • Bridge-to-transplant: Helps transplant-eligible patients survive until a donor heart becomes available
  • Destination therapy: Provides long-term support in patients who are not candidates for transplant

John’s recovery from his implant, along with his ongoing care is at Turning Point, a cardiac rehabilitation center in Scarborough. As a mechanical engineer, he appreciates the latest heart technology to resume his daily activities.

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