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LVAD Talk featuring The LVAD Nation

LVAD Talk featuring The LVAD Nation

By Shawn Connors
LVAD Talk featuring The LVAD Nation is a podcast hosted by Shawn Connors, where we feature conversations with LVAD Patients, heart transplant recipients, and caregivers, we discuss life before, during and after the LVAD.
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LVAD Talk with Amy Bacon
Lets have a conversation for the remarkable Amy Bacon!!  https://www.lvadtalk.com/
01:06:37
October 13, 2021
LVAD Talk with Doug, Cami Behl, and family
On this episode of LVAD Talk with Doug, Cami Behl, and family We discussed... Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters!! How they found out Doug had heart failure Heart failure at age 6 From one pediatric cardiac patient to another (Doug and I) How does this affect you as a parent Heart failure with Big Doug and Lil Doug Dealing with heart failure with multiple people in the household Thank God for the friends and caregivers Fighting for explanation after the heart heals And much more! Let's have a conversation with Doug, Cami Behl, and family
38:25
September 20, 2021
LVAD Talk with Kayla Lewis
On this episode of LVAD Talk with Kayla Lewis We discussed... How she discovered she had heart failure Heart failure and college life When you code and lose a few days When you have to get a LVAD and don't know what it is Not understanding the symptoms of heart failure How long after getting the LVAD how long before you started feeling like you The recovery process Working after the LVAD Going back to college after the LVAD Batteries beeping in class… Making YouTube videos how I got into it The 10 day challenge And much more! Let's have a conversation with Kayla Lewis
33:48
August 30, 2021
LVAD Talk with Dèjá Samuels and Georgiana Rankin
On this episode of LVAD Talk with Dèjá Samuels and Georgiana Rankin This is a special episode Dèjá is non verbal because of a stroke and her mother Georgiana Rankin is telling her story for her. We discussed... Being non verbal but yet on a podcast! How her journey began When Dèjá’s heart stopped for 45 minutes Having a determined and praying mother When the first heart isn’t the one Dealing with a stroke at such a young age The 23 year old four Miracle lady And much more! Let's have a conversation with Dèjá Samuels and Georgiana Rankin
20:58
August 17, 2021
LVAD Talk with Darian Blue
On this episode of LVAD Talk with Darian Blue We discussed... How many people do “it” without a heartbeat How he discovered he had heart failure When you are the picture of health and have an EF of 6 Complications of surgery What it was like to “work” What is your LVAD purpose God works in mysterious ways Being your own best advocate RN’s are life! We are more than a LVAD Music life and the LVAD And much more! Let's have a conversation with Darian Blue
35:39
July 23, 2021
LVAD Talk with Jasmine Morrison
On this episode of LVAD Talk with Jasmine Morrison We discussed... Being from the south and knowing how to cook! Finding out she had postpartum myopathy How her LVAD made her strength in God stronger Concerns of a single mother and getting a LVAD What her recovery was like Needing a strong support system to be successful with recovery Her kids being her ultimate motivation Are you going for transplant or are you happy with your LVAD The struggles of having a LVAD and being a pisces! Self esteem and love life after the LVAD LVAD is not the end of the world! And much more! Let's have a conversation with Jasmine Morrison
36:23
July 15, 2021
LVAD Talk with Sonya Jackson
On this episode of LVAD Talk with Sonya Jackson We discussed... VA to CA in hopes of having a better chance at getting a heart Being a breast cancer survivor Getting the cancer call at work The heart failure diagnosis Her internal motivation - Life is not a game The strange sounds our hearts make now The importance of mental health and LVAD’s LVAD, six flags and roller coasters Heart condition and marching band Step out of your comfort zone and be great! And much more! Let's have a conversation with Sonya Jackson
51:43
July 12, 2021
LVAD Talk with Javed Awan
On this episode of LVAD Talk with Javed Awan We discussed... How he discovered he had heart failure Golf and a heart attack Going from stint to ICD Blacked out and shocked behind the wheel Finally getting the LVAD Our DMV connection Dead man walking Living that shock life! Ablation then the shocks stop Thankful for the LVAD What was his biggest lifestyle adjustment after the LVAD Train life with the LVAD got to love the DMV Thank God for the caregivers! And much more! Let's have a conversation with Javed Awan
50:46
July 6, 2021
LVAD Talk with Olivia Rose 2.0
On this episode of LVAD Talk with Olivia Rose We discussed... Getting vaccinated and traveling! Getting in the pool for the first time since transplant What it was like dealing with strokes The recovery from all strokes are not the same Learning how to speak and write again, and still learning 2 years later When God speaks you have to listen Lvad recovery is worse than transplant recovery What is worse the physical recovery or mental health recovery Confidence after the LVAD The battery bag...is it a purse Afib and flying does 30,000 ft make it worse? Water being our kryptonite and nightmares Cardiac rehab Still dealing with being a high stroke risk African Americains and heart diease and slavery is it related? Pain meds and not trying to enjoy them Did her discipline help with her recovery And much more! Let's have a conversation with Olivia Rose
59:13
June 25, 2021
LVAD Talk with Tom Shad
On this episode of LVAD Talk with Tom Shad In this episode we discuss... Sharing the same surgery date How he found out he was in heart failure “No weightlifting or rough sex” Defibrillator and The Blue Man Group Weight and heart transplant Catching corona in the hospital The touring musician lifestyle and heart health Puking in from of Spike Lee’s house  i Dealing with covid and living in New York City The vaccine and the symptoms Being immunocompromised, taking public transportation and band rehearsal. And much more! Let's have a conversation with Tom Shad
59:36
June 16, 2021
LVAD Talk with Dr. Brittany Clayborne (drbrittanyspeaks)
On this episode of LVAD Talk with Dr. Brittany Clayborne (drbrittanyspeaks) In this episode we discuss... How she realized she had heart failure Going from heart failure, to LVAD, to transplant, to stage 4 cancer October to August waiting for a transplant Getting her masters degree in ICU Making the decision to get the LVAD Giving up on the LVAD and God comes through right on time! Getting her transplant Dealing with lymphoma after heart transplant Beating cancer in time for covid Taking her LVAD swimming at the beach And much more! Let's have a conversation with Dr. Brittany Clayborne email me: shawn.m.connors@gmail.com IG: shawnconnors To hear or view the entire episode search for LVAD Talk wherever you get your favorite podcast,  YouTube or click the link below! https://linktr.ee/Shawnconnors
01:08:02
June 7, 2021
LVAD Talk with Nicole Clement
On this episode of LVAD Talk with Nicole Clement In this episode we discuss... How she realized she had heart failure Getting introduced to the LVAD What is the name of your LVAD Bridge to transplant and having to lose weight The newbie perspective What it is like 3 months out of surgery and what is her biggest adjustment And much more! Let's have a conversation with Nicole Clement
39:29
May 27, 2021
LVAD Talk with Armin Muzafirović
On this episode of LVAD Talk with Armin Muzafirović In this episode we discuss... LVAD from a young guys perspective Dealing with muscular dystrophy Finding heart failure at the top of a mountain Being rebellious and adventurous Missing out on a school semester but finishing strong From Icd’s to LVAD Getting the call His transplant story! On the road to be a medical doctor And much more! Let's have a conversation with Armin Muzafirović
01:03:24
May 26, 2021
LVAD Talk with Hannah Sharma
On this episode of LVAD Talk with Hannah Sharma In this episode we discuss... Health care in the UK How she realized she had heart failure The wait for transplant Living months in the hospital What her recovery was like Her new lease on life with her new heart Why you should have milk in your next cup of tea! Let's have a conversation with Hannah Sharma! If you have a story to tell reach us here!  ig:shawnconnors shawn.m.connors@gmail.com
38:45
May 12, 2021
LVAD Talk with Dantrell Brown a.k.a LVAD Dad
On this episode of LVAD Talk with Dantrell Brown a.k.a LVAD Dad In this episode we discuss... How he got the name LVAD Dad How he realized he had heart failure Getting introduced to the LVAD Becoming “Iron Man” “God giving his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers” How his family influenced his LVAD decision How is LVAD made is new marriage stronger Let's have a conversation with Dantrell Brown a.k.a LVAD Dad
31:41
May 11, 2021
LVAD Talk with Aiste Staraite
On this episode of LVAD Talk we talk with Aiste Staraite OUR FIRST INTERNATIONAL EPISODE! Aiste is living in Lithuania. On this episode we discuss... How she found out she had heart failure What her recovery was like Problems dealing with antibiotics Having a stroke during surgery Living on your own with LVAD Walking is key to recovery Covid and recovery in Lithuania When doctors miss the symptoms Empathy is important
50:53
April 25, 2021
LVAD Talk with Alexis PeeWee Smith
On this episode of LVAD Talk we talk with Alexis PeeWee Smith On this episode we discuss... How she found out she had heart failure Dealing with lymphoma and heart failure Going to hospice and walking out! Finally getting her LVAD and her recovery When you need a caregiver but you are the caregiver ICD shocks Dating with a LVAD is easier for men?
56:15
April 24, 2021
LVAD Talk John Sanson a.k.a thejohnsanny
On this episode of LVAD Talk we talk with John Sanson On this episode we discuss... How he found out he had heart failure Being a gladiator before being diagnosed LVAD surgery and gastric sleeve at the same time What his recovery was like from both surgeries He got the call...Twice! Getting a hep C heart And we talk about cameras!
38:27
April 19, 2021
LVAD Talk with Farrah Wilson
On this episode of LVAD Talk we talk with Farrah Wilson On this episode we discuss... How she found out he had heart failure Finding out she had heart failure in Japan What Japanese hospitals are like Coming back to america and getting her LVAD Selling her house in the country because she couldn't swim in the pool Grand kids, and kids being motivation The battery bag search Weight loss surgery and the search for a heart
42:36
April 19, 2021
LVAD Talk with Kevin Alexander Taveras
On this episode of LVAD Talk we talk with Kevin Alexander Taveras We discuss... How he found out he had heart failure Men, why  do we think we are invincible? Lasik is the devil! Single dad’s and LVADs Sneezing after surgery Defibrillators, shocks and PVP (video games) Mini strokes  and emergency rooms Getting the Gastric Sleeve Nissans and Twitch streaming!
01:23:40
April 15, 2021
LVAD Talk with Sonia Leon
On this episode of  LVAD Talk we talk with Sonia Leon We discuss... How she discovered she had heart failure Waking up with her LVAD Making lifestyle adjustments after implant G.I. bleeds and having her LVAD decommissioned Life after LVAD
35:43
April 10, 2021
LVAD Talk with Dr. Wayne Old, cardiologist, and Hannah Cassa LVAD, coordinator.
On this episode of  LVAD Talk  we talk to Dr Wayne Old, cardiologist, and Hannah Cassa LVAD, coordinator. We discuss... How they became heart health care providers Viruses, pregnancy and heart failure A day in the life of an LVAD coordinator What are DCD Transplants TIps for caregivers And they answer Questions from the LVAD Nation!
56:15
April 9, 2021
LVAD Talk with Charles Schulz
On this episode of LVAD Talk with Charles Schulz We discuss... How he found out he had heart failure Who hit me a.k.a ICD shocks Waking up with an LVAD Rehab after the LVAD Coming home to Covid lockdown Shout out to the caregivers Future plans and goals DCD heart transplant
35:48
March 30, 2021
LVAD Talk with Fatima Mathews
On this episode of LVAD Talk with Fatima Mathews We discuss... How she found out she had heart failure postpartum cardiomyopathy Dying and coming back to life....with an LVAD Dealing with life after death Having great care givers, her parents Being a mean patient The sounds of our LVAD Dating with a LVAD LVAD tinder
31:02
March 29, 2021
LVAD Talk with Mike Alleva
On this episode of LVAD Talk we speak with Mike Alleva We discuss... How he found out he had heart failure Flying up to VCU His heart history and being athletic Is it a purse? Energy boost after surgery Single dads and LVADs LVADS and Showers LVADS and Dating Flying with the LVAD And we talk basketball!
41:10
March 25, 2021
LVAD Talk with Tracy McNeill
On this episode of LVAD Talk we speak with Tracy McNeill We discuss... How she carries her batteries The need for fashionable bags! Short cords and backpacks How she found out she has heart failure Dealing with the LVAD and 4 kids Winning the raffle to get the heartmate 3 When your kids are the LVAD police What her recovery and support system was like The joys of the water pill! Where the best Philly cheesesteaks are in Philly and much more!
32:04
March 24, 2021
LVAD Talk with Carlos Miguel De Larosa
On this episode of LVAD Talk we speak with Carlos Miguel De Larosa We discuss... That good Dominican food! The importance of knowing your heart history How he discovered having heart disease The struggles of a heart healthy diet Depression after diagnosis What his recovery was like LVAD recalls Getting a the Transplant call Your new heart and your brain syncing and much more!
01:00:34
March 20, 2021
LVAD Talk with Cardiac Perfusionist John Stratton
On this episode of LVAD Talk we speak with Cardiac Perfusionist John Stratton We discuss... What is a perfusionist What is his role in LVAD and transplant surgery How LVADS work The difference between the heartmate 2 and heartmate 3 The Freedom Under Vest!! and much more!
32:22
March 19, 2021
LVAD Talk with Erica Shea
On this episode of LVAD Talk we speak with Erica Shea We discuss... Her battle with cancer Childbirth and heart failure Her introduction to the LVAD Kids, dogs, rabbits and LVADs Getting the call for transplant! Going from transplant to nursing! and much more!
24:03
March 16, 2021
LVAD Talk with Chris Donges
On this episode of LVAD Talk we speak with Chris Donges We discuss... The healthcare mystery that led to his LVAD Blood Clots on i-95 When your ejection fraction is 5% ECMO The joys of dressing changes Having a baby after LVAD and much more!
43:24
March 12, 2021
LVAD Talk with Kevin McCarthy a.k.a Tinman 2009
On this episode of LVAD Talk we speak with Kevin McCarthy a.k.a Tinman 2009 We talk about how he got a great nickname How he went from driving down the street to waking up 33 days later with a LVAD What recovery was like for him Close calls with batteries What it was like to get the call for transplant When you have 45 mins to get to the hospital for transplant! From transplant to CrossFit! The importance of organ donation and much more!
27:00
March 9, 2021
LVAD Talk with Oliva Rose
On this episode of LVAD Talk we speak with Olivia Rose We talk about how she went from bodybuilding to a LVAD Battery bags and swag Power outages Getting it in at the gym with a LVAD Transplant life and what to expect and much more!
30:05
March 7, 2021
LVAD Talk with DaKeia Williamson
On this episode of LVAD Talk we speak with DaKeia Williamson We talk about how after giving birth she had to have quadruple bypass surgery Her introduction to the LVAD How we style our battery bags Having her pump replaced ICD shocks flag football and video games! Flu shots and vaccines and much more!
31:55
March 7, 2021
LVAD Talk with Michael Cruz
On this episode we speak with Michael Cruz We talk about how his heart failure journey started Complications after surgery Recovery time after getting his LVAD The challenges of Driving and working out after surgery His experience with Covid and the LVAD Drivelines and obstacles and much more!
38:09
March 2, 2021
LVAD Talk with Bouba aka Heart of a Giant
In this first episode we talk to Bouba aka Heart of a Giant We discuss his journey with his LVAD and how sharing his story has giving more meaning and purpose to his life through social entrepreneurship in health We discuss the origins of his symptoms in South Africa His big heart (he is 6'8) How ended up in the United States The joys of an ICD shocks What his recovery time was like  How is life has been improved after LVAD!
01:01:08
February 27, 2021