NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Sep 12, 2016) - Five million Americans are currently living with heart failure. Although left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are a potentially life-saving treatment option for some advanced heart failure patients, there is limited awareness about these devices among physicians and patients.
This was the driving force behind a national video contest sponsored by Mended Hearts, the largest heart-patient support network in the world, with support from St. Jude Medical. The "Thanks To An LVAD …" Video Contest celebrates people who have received an LVAD to treat their heart condition.
Advanced heart failure is a frightening and debilitating condition with few treatment options. Studies have shown that LVADs can help extend the lives of some heart-failure patients and improve their quality of life. The "Thanks to an LVAD …" national video contest was created to capture the stories of real LVAD recipients and thereby help to educate others about this treatment option.
For more information, visit http://www.thankslvad.com/.
About Mended Hearts
Mended Hearts is the largest heart patient support network in the world, with 20,000 members and 300 chapters. Recognized for its role in facilitating a positive patient-care experience, Mended Hearts partners with hospitals and cardiac rehab clinics to offer support through trained peer visitors, group meetings and educational forums. Mended Hearts inspires hope and improves quality of life for heart patients and their families through ongoing peer-to-peer support. For more information or to locate a local chapter, please visit www.mendedhearts.org
About St. Jude Medical
St. Jude Medical is a leading global medical device manufacturer and is dedicated to transforming the treatment of some of the world's most expensive epidemic diseases. The company does this by developing cost-effective medical technologies that save and improve lives of patients around the world. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., St. Jude Medical has five major areas of focus that include heart failure, atrial fibrillation, neuromodulation, traditional cardiac rhythm management, and cardiovascular diseases. For more information, please visit sjm.com.