Tag: Transplant wait list

The Wait List and Heart Transplant Up Close And Personal

The Wait List and Heart Transplant Up Close And Personal

Today marks the nineteenth month since my heart transplant at Tampa General Hospital.  It also marks the 44th month since I was referred by Dr, Mehmet Oz to the Columbia Presbyterian Heart Transplant Program under the care of the renowned cardiologist Dr. Donna Mancini. At Tampa General my cardiologist is the very qualified and very […]

| June 2, 2011 | 1 Comments
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Heart Transplantee A Derby Celebrity

Heart Transplantee A Derby Celebrity

Animal Kingdom may have won the race, but 41-year old Kathy Ritvo, the trainer of Mucho Macho Man, won the day. Ms. Ritvo is the mother of two and was transplanted in the nick of time in November 2008 at Jackson Memorial. Kathy’s wait list experience was filled with treacherous symptoms which finally resulted in […]

| May 12, 2011 | 0 Comments
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Would You Accept the Heart of a Convicted Killer?

Would You Accept the Heart of a Convicted Killer?

I hope you can find the time to comment on this subject. Over the weekend, I received a call from Jonel of MSNBC. Jonel was following up on a story in the New York Times. The situation involved a young fugitive facing the death sentence who has volunteered to donate his organs, including his heart. […]

| April 21, 2011 | 0 Comments
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Your Heart Transplant Coordinator

Your Heart Transplant Coordinator

Once you are enrolled in a heart transplant wait list, you will be assigned a heart transplant coordinator.  At Columbia Presbyterian, there were four coordinators to handle more than 150 wait list patients.  The role of the coordinators at Columbia Pres was different than the role of the coordinators at Tampa General Hospital.  At Columbia, […]

| April 14, 2011 | 0 Comments
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Less Invasive Options For Heart Disease

Less Invasive Options For Heart Disease

Less Invasive Heart Surgery  I had a different article in mind for today, but I was so excited with an article in the Sunday New York Times magazine that I thought it worth sharing.  Part of the article is advertising but I believe there is merit in this article. Heart disease patients can find hope […]

| March 31, 2011 | 2 Comments
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Wait List & Recovery Heart Transplant Survival Tips

Wait List & Recovery Heart Transplant Survival Tips

Basically, I am a creature of habit. Whether you are on the wait list or have already received your new heart, our habits have advantages and disadvantages. Some of those habits we can throw out the window. Diet is likely to be one of the most difficult habits to change. In my case, my daily wait […]

| March 21, 2011 | 1 Comments
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About Heart Failure

About Heart Failure

Last night I received an e-mail from a young lady.  Don’t laugh, it’s not that unusual. I have lots of daughters and daughter in-laws and two gorgeous granddaughters.  Actually, this was no laughing matter.  The woman said that she had been told by her doctor that she had heart failure and needed a transplant. She […]

| January 20, 2011 | 0 Comments
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April 9, 2010 – Something Goes Awry

April 9, 2010 – Something Goes Awry

There is no good time to be hospitalized.  Generally, weekend nights are the worst times to go to an emergency room.  During my recovery, I have needed to visit the emergency room on three weekend nights.  Those experiences led me to delay my final emergency room visit until a Monday. On weekend nights, the Tampa Bay […]

| January 3, 2011 | 1 Comments
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Wait List – A Dose of Reality

Wait List – A Dose of Reality

If you do not fully understand the waiting list for heart transplantation or what to expect from a heart transplant, you are not alone.  If you are on the wait list, you know that you are sick, enduring heart failure and unable to function as in the past.  You and those close to you are […]

| December 23, 2010 | 2 Comments
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My Wait List Medications

My Wait List Medications

While I was waiting for heart transplantation, this is the form I used to show my medications and track my intake.  Dr. Hoffman, my cardiologist at Tampa General Hospital, insisted that I also take my blood pressure and heart rate every morning and weigh myself before eating.  I kept another chart that reflected these readings. […]

| December 14, 2010 | 0 Comments
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