I was diagnosed with viral cardio myopathy 17 yrs ago with an ejection fraction of 10%, at which time I was implanted with an AICD. 3 yrs. ago I was implanted with an LVAD, with my heart enlarged at 10 cm. and am now awaiting transplant. I try to stay positive and visit and talk to other patients. I am a patient of Ochsner Foundation in New Orleans. Anyone who is interested or has any questions about the LVAD can chat with me. It was the best decision that I and my doctors have made.