When he started experiencing shortness of breath, Darrell went to see the cardiologist who had helped him with a pacemaker years earlier. From there he was referred to the Providence Center for Advanced Heart Disease, where tests revealed a serious problem. "My left ventricle was not pumping blood the way it should," he says. "If I didn't do something soon it could be fatal."
A Boost To Round The Bases
Jacob Abraham, M.D., medical director for the center, recommended that Darrell receive a left ventricular assist device, or LVAD, a mechanical pump implanted in the chest to help a weakened heart. The LVAD doesn’t replace the heart, it just help it do its job. “We’re making enormous progress with these devices,” says Dr. Abraham. “We have far more people who could use a heart transplant than we have hearts available. LVADs help to close that gap.”
Champion For Lifelong Fitness
Darrell received his LVAD in September 2015 and was back on the softball diamond the next spring. “We don’t talk enough about what seniors can do in sports,” he says. “Not just baseball, all kinds of sports, everything.” Dr. Abraham plans to test LVADs that provide even better support to champion patients like Darrell. We love that! donors will help!