Kayla Dalsing’s new heart came down to a wager. Three years after her congestive heart failure diagnosis, the Savannah, Mo., woman hit a medical crossroads. Her heart couldn’t keep up with her daily, 90-mph routine. She felt winded walking the 100 feet from her kitchen table to the door… She went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for a consultation. Her doctors there gave her a choice: transplant or LVAD, a mechanical device to help pump her heart… Dr. Andrew Kao, the medical director of the heart transplant team at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, where Mrs. Dalsing would have her transplant, says it’s rare that a congestive heart failure patient would even have to make that decision.
News Press (Mo.), Jennifer Gordon, 11/7/11