LVAD Talk featuring The LVAD Nation

LVAD Talk featuring The LVAD Nation

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.

Episodes

October 3, 2022 39 min

Let's have a conversation with Akeisha King

Welcome to season 2!  

This episode we keep it all the way real with Ms Akeisha King!

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Let's have a conversation with Marlon Smith; LVAD's, tattoos, and a clock! 

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Let's have a conversation with Frankie DeFore and what it is like to live with having his LVAD explanted! 

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November 25, 2021 49 min

On this episode we discuss what its like to get the false call!!!!

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November 15, 2021 44 min

Let's have a conversation with the Valant James "Slim" Overton LVAD recipient and transplant survivor! 

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October 20, 2021 40 min

Let have a talk with the incredible John Stratton of Medimaterials!

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October 13, 2021 66 min

Lets have a conversation for the remarkable Amy Bacon!! 


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September 20, 2021 38 min

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 ex...

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August 30, 2021 32 min

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

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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 ...

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July 23, 2021 35 min

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!

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July 15, 2021 36 min

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

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July 12, 2021 51 min

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 com...

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July 6, 2021 50 min

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 G...

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June 25, 2021 59 min

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 ment...

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June 16, 2021 59 min

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

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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...

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May 27, 2021 40 min

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

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May 26, 2021 64 min

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!

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May 12, 2021 39 min

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!


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