Staying Strong at Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute

Chevon heart failure patient

Dizziness and shortness of breath sent Chevon to Memorial Hospital West for help.

Diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, Chevon was first given a LifeVest Wearable Defibrillator and then an implanted defibrillator. His condition deteriorated, though.

“It was rough. I thought I was going to lose my husband,” said Paola, his wife.

Chevon needed a heart transplant, but first, he needed to get stronger.

“He was really in severe heart failure,” said Ioana Dumitru, MD, medical director of adult cardiac transplant, heart failure and cardiomyopathy.

Dr. Dumitru and I-wen Wang, MD, cardiac surgeon and chief of adult heart transplant, determined that implanting a left ventricular assist device would improve Chevon’s condition and prevent him from dying while he waited for a heart transplant.

It was a week before his youngest daughter’s first birthday. The cardiac team worked with Chevon to give him time to celebrate this milestone with family and then have the surgery as quickly as possible.

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Today, Chevon has made a remarkable recovery. This new technology stops Chevon’s progressive decline so he can get stronger and prepare for a heart transplant in the future. While he waits for a new heart, Chevon is again able to enjoy life with his wife and children, but “if they call me, I’m ready,” he said.