Hueytown, Ala.’s James Rushing misses swimming with his grandchildren, knows a preparing for a quick shower is going to take 30 minutes, and carries a bag packed with batteries everywhere he goes.
But Rushing, a former police dispatcher with the City of Tarrant, Ala., can live with those and other adjustments because without them, it’s likely he wouldn’t be alive at all. Like thousands of other patients throughout the world with end-stage heart failure Rushing lives with a mechanical heart pump, known as an LVAD or left ventricular assist device, supporting his heart, circulating his blood and keeping him alive with good quality of life.
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