My name is Pawel Karbowski and I am a Physician Assistant Student at Philadelphia University. I am very interested in Cardiology and more so the surgical aspect of the field. For my Masters Thesis, I have chose to write about the physiological and psychological aspects of ventricular assist devices. I want to concentrate on the quality of life changes that a patient experiences from going from severe heart failure to receiving a VAD.
Most people in the medical profession know about ventricular assist devices and how they work, their purpose, etc.. I joined this website because I am looking for a patients perspective of ventricular assist devices. I would love and greatly appreciate any input I can receive from you about your life pre-VAD and post-VAD. I have comprised several questions.
How has the ventricular assist device affected your life?
Has it improved your quality of life?
If you had to do it all again, would you choose to have a ventricular assist device again?
If a family member or friend was in a situation which warranted a ventricular assist device, would you recommend it?
How was your recovery from the surgery?
Has this surgery given you a better outlook on life?
These questions are just for guidance and any extra information will be greatly appreciated.
I wanted to sincerely thank you for your assistance, any and all help will be wonderful. If you would like, I can add your picture to my paper/powerpoint presentation to show you the gratitude I have.
If you have any questions, you can ask them on here or email me at Karbowski7096@yahoo.com
Thank You once again.