Susan Cahen Levasseur

First post: Feb 25, 2022 Latest post: Jun 19, 2022
Susan was diagnosed with advanced heart failure in June 2021. When she was admitted to he hospital, we were not prepared for the diagnosis or possible prognosis. Doctors said they did not know how she was still walking around, and patients with such low heart function typically face multiple organ failure.

Susan spent several days in the ICU followed by 2 weeks in the cardiac step down unit. She was sent home on IV medication (dobutamine) that ensured her heart continued to contract and send oxygen to vital organs. Despite continuing this regimen for the last 8 months + having a pacemaker/defibrillator device implanted, her heart function has not improved. Her body is dependent on the dobutamine for survival, and doctors do not believe she will survive without drastic measures.

Susan was presented with 2 choices: 1) Continue on dobutamine - projected lifespan of 1 - 2 years; or 2) get a left ventricular assisted device (LVAD). An LVAD is typically used to bridge a patient from failure to transplant, but Susan is not eligible for transplant
due to the cutoff age of 70. The LVAD will be the destination treatment, with hope it will offer additional years with her husband, kids, and grandchildren.

Susan will be admitted to St Mary’s hospital on February 28 and receive her LVAD on March 1st. We will use this site to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your prayers, support and words of hope and encouragement.

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