Like most driven and passionate entrepreneurs, Ryan Tala is finding the balance between his work and his family. He is married with 2 kids and owns Supreme Clientele Barber Shop in Chesapeake, VA. Now he is recent owner of a Left Ventricular Assisted Device (LVAD). "An LVAD is basically a pump that helps my heart pump blood throughout my body", said Ryan.
"It started when I was on vacation and I wasn't feeling too good. I went to the doctor when I came home and found out I had an enlarged and weak heart. The doctors said none of the meds were really working to make my heart stronger and that the LVAD is the best option for me. Having the LVAD is definitely life changing and having the LVAD won't stop me from what I like to do. I'll have to make some modifications to my lifestyle. But I'll definitely make the best of it."
An LVAD's ultimate goal is to reduce the muscle strain on a weak pumping heart. The device is inserted into the left ventricle or the main pumping chamber of your heart, which is then connected to the aorta (the main vessel that delivers blood to the rest of your body). The LVAD is then connected to a power source outside the body that can be either static or be worn with a harness.
The surgery itself will take about 4-6 hours to complete and is assisted with a 2-4 week long recovery process. Patients are normally put on a blood thinning medication to prevent the device from clogging. Other issues that may occur with the device include device malfunction and possible infection. Today's LVAD patients have at least an 85% one-year survival rate* and can enjoy fulfilling lives and in many cases even return to work.
The LVAD will remain with Ryan until he is able to find a donor heart. I hope this will give you a better understanding of what a Left Ventricular Assisted Device is.
Ryan Tala is not only everyone's favorite barber, but he is also a great friend and a loving father. Unfortunately, his heart is not delivering enough blood to the rest of his body and at some point, Ryan will need a heart transplant.
He has not been able to work during his situation, and will be at least a month before he is possibly cleared by his doctors to resume work.
A page has been created to raise money to support Ryan, his shop, and help pay the medical bills he has accrued so far. Ryan is a humble man; how great would it be if our community helped out one of our own?
Together let's help Ryan! Thank you so much for your donations!
"Having the LVAD is definitely life changing. but having the LVAD won't stop me from what I like to do. I'll have to make some modifications to my lifestyle. But I'll definitely make the best of it." -Ryan Tala