Following a severe bout of the flu in 2006, Max K. developed heart failure which was treated with medication. In addition, he received a defibrillator and was able to live well for some time. Three years later, however, Max K. had difficulty breathing. At the hospital he had to be resuscitated. He was flown by rescue helicopter to the University Hospital in Regensburg and operated on the same day. The diagnosis yielded an idiopathic cardiomyopathy, i.e. his cardiac muscle was severely dilated.
On August 21, 2009 Max was implanted with the INCOR® system. The titanium pump took over the heart's function and transported approximately five liters of blood per minute. Two days after surgery, Max K. was already sitting on a training bike to get his circulation going. A few weeks later he was discharged to his home.
The currently 57-year-old patient became quickly accustomed to the ventricular assist device and remained optimistic: "I take things as they come. It is important to make the best out of a situation and not to lament too much. The best thing to do is to look for a solution." Thus, short vacations with his wife to Italy and Austria, for example, were possible.
Since this time, Max. K. has undergone a successful transplantation. After the INCOR® system had supported his heart for more than seven years, a donor heart finally became available. At the University Hospital Regensburg, he is the patient who has been supported for the longest time with INCOR®. Max is very thankful to the team at Regensburg Hospital and to the Berlin Heart system, because he is doing so well nowadays.