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I am not -- any and this is fox extra living with our failure limits your everyday life that heartening to left ventricular assist device also known as L bad.
Is helping patients regain quality of life.
We talked to -- -- mark soccer and -- that patient might have Rodriguez.
Thank you so much for coming to the program this is such an important thing because people are living longer with technology.
So let's talk about this this specific device what is it you know what patient is.
-- -- -- It's so this is a device that's designed to support patients with severe end stage heart failure.
Most of these patients probably won't live six months to a year without this type of device -- Right and basically this is a break try might have between you getting a heart.
Or get -- or or or letting or letting your heart.
Recuperate I mean is is this the kind of device that -- use it for awhile until you either get better on you on your own or you or does it require.
This is for a heart transplant so let me try to back up a little bit -- -- -- indications that this device -- as a bridge to recovery right.
As a bridge to transplantation.
Or as destination therapy.
In a bridge to recovery the patient might have a temporary cardiac problem we support them for three months six months potentially pull the device out.
As a bridge to transplantation we support them for as long as it takes one to find a donor heart.
And as destination therapy we implant the device that's the last step that they're getting -- not getting her transcript at all.
In my -- case she's chosen to keep it -- destination therapy how does this work it is precisely give me a little note if you handed -- to me if the powers all right perfect.
We can there actually demonstrated a little bit this device.
Sits inside of the chest.
That this doesn't sit there anymore.
This -- the left ventricle.
-- back to the order.
So the -- is going inside of here across there and back to the body and it's avoiding much of the heart.
So it helps you to from -- you can all -- to that of course.
This is this is the power device right this is the the the -- -- it.
The pump itself right that's the controller actually -- that's the that is the computer brains of the operation and the batteries which you don't have in your hand.
Seven side of the chest let me ask you off.
How long can this stay in your body I mean does it need to be replace.
How long what's the life what's the time life -- -- as we honestly don't know we've had to have pumps now implanted for upwards of seven years the pistons have done very well whether it.
Most of these pumps have been and for the most part some -- between one and five years.
But our our expectation is the fist pumps should last many many years.
That might what.
Would now they you have this -- you told me before you have a lot of energy.
Again you you -- -- you business on a regular basis right.
It saved them from full time mom how to statements that I -- so -- -- a lot of -- gas now have a boy he's five years old.
That's I have to go -- that he built what -- a few months.
Running biking and we jumping the trampoline.
So you don't mean anything like you you broke into more than me that you -- -- well that's what can folks get more information about it.
Even if you search on the web just how bad -- -- -- all of caucus sites and I -- that you can visit more.
You can little heart hope dot com that would help as well -- -- -- -- thank you so much for coming.
And you know you're doing great I wanna see you back in a year just to see -- much more Andy you got iWeb iWeb fresh air.
Thank you doctor Simmons thanks for watching fox extra -- document.
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