The Wave - "Far Rockaway Man Heartened by New Tech at Mount Sinai"
Far Rockaway resident, Sherman Covington, has received some relief as he awaits a heart transplant.
Sherman became the first advanced heart failure patient in New York City and at Mount Sinai Medical Center to receive a newly approved controller with his left ventricular assist device (LVAD). The 44-year-old father of two was suffering daily from advanced heart failure and its debilitating symptoms. Sherman was put under the care of the Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation Program at Mount Sinai Hospital. Sherman is on a long waiting list for a heart transplant, but he was given some relief as he had a HeartMate II left ventricular assist device surgically implanted by cardiothoracic surgeons at the hospital in June. The device keeps his heart pumping and helps to alleviate some of his symptoms as he waits for the transplant. "Pumps are very effective in both improving quality of life and improving survival," said Sean P. Pinney, MD, Director of the Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation Program at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. Sherman's device comes with a newly FDA approved HeartMate II Pocket Controller, which powers his heart to pump. He was the first in the city to receive this new technology. The new small, light-weight external controller is about the size of a cell phone and can fit in a patient's front pocket.
- Dr. Sean Pinney, Director, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation Program, The Mount Sinai Medical Center