Former Player and Asst Coach Barney Cotton on a waiting list for heart transplant

scarletred

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He is waiting one in Omaha and I have a friends wife that is also waiting for a heart transplant as well in Omaha..
 
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jlb321

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My question is how many are waiting for a heart and this procedure?
More are waiting for hearts than will be available. Depending on the pathology and the rate of decline a mechanical pump (LVAD) can be placed either as a final therapy or as a bridge to a transplant.
 
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jlb321

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I just heard a story on a new heart pump that is a big improvement on the LVAD

http://www.kvnonews.com/2019/07/stu...r-lasting-more-effective-than-earlier-models/
There are 2 options - Heartmate 3 and Heartware. Pendulum is swinging toward more HM3 but it is new and with any new technology problems unique to this pump will be seen with increased volume of implant. Certainly neither is something someone hopes for. They are, in some instances, life saving, but also often quality of life altering - sometimes for the better, sometimes not. New transplant allocation guidelines now make it harder for someone implanted with an LVAD to proceed to transplant in the future.
 
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