Heart Failure

Since former Vice President Dick Cheney had a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implanted in 2012, general interest in the devices have increased and social media sites have included more information on them.

The recipient of a total artificial heart implanted in August is home and “living a completely normal life now,” according to the French surgeon who invented the device. The patient exercises by “pedaling like crazy” on a stationary bike.

Patients awaiting heart transplants can continue on ventricular assist devices for longer periods now, thanks to smaller profile devices with improved functionality, the Boston Globe reports.

A patient who is on a heart transplant waiting list became the first participant with a total artificial heart to complete the 4.2-mile course at the annual Pat’s Run event in Tucson, Ariz. AZ Central Channel i2 News reported on the accomplishment.