heart failure

Gerard Folly’s Second Chance

the MWHC Blog Team April 20, 2016

Gerard Folly’s Second Chance A Really Bad Cough Forty-seven-year-old Gerard Folly gradually lost the stamina needed for his job as…

What Does Heart Failure Mean for Intimacy?

the MWHC Blog Team August 26, 2016

What does Heart Failure Mean for Intimacy? Patients with advanced illnesses face a variety of side effects. But little thought…

How to manage the rising epidemic of heart disease

MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute Team May 09, 2017

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. While heart attacks…

LVAD origins: A lifesaving heart device, 30 years in the making

Steven W. Boyce, MD, Surgical Director, Advanced Heart Failure Program, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute January 29, 2018

In 1988, MedStar Washington Hospital Center became one of the first four hospitals in the United States to implant a…

From angry to eager: Tools to manage the emotions involved with getting an LVAD

Tonya Elliott, RN, Program Coodinator, Mechanical Circulatory Support, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute February 16, 2018

When patients find out they need a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) to treat their advanced heart failure, they go…

Living with an LVAD: 5 tips to make it easier

Steven W. Boyce, MD, Surgical Director, Advanced Heart Failure Program, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute February 26, 2018

Many heart failure patients rely on left ventricular assist devices (LVADs), which are amazing medical implants that pump blood throughout…