I am so sorry your wife is so ill.
Please have her seen by her cardiologist and PCP ASAP if she hasn't seen him recently. She can become unnecessarily sick because of her diabetes.
My heartfelt prayers for your son, your wife and you. I have a couple of questions and then I will give you links so you can research possible options. NRSkaren has given you ton of information as well.
Has Your wife ever been seen at a University type medical center? Has she been evaluated for transplant? Has she ever been evaluated for a ventricular assist device?
From the Cleveland Clinic.
Surgery for Heart Failure
Surgical Treatments for Heart Failure
Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD)
- Left ventricular reconstructive surgery (Dor Procedure)
- Left ventricular reconstructive surgery allows the surgeon to remove the scarred, dead area of heart tissue and/or the aneurysm and return the left ventricle to a more normal shape. The goal is to improve heart failure and/or angina (chest pain) symptoms and possibly improve the pumping ability of your heart. Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic has been performing these surgeries for many years with great success.
Other Names for Left Ventricular Reconstructive Surgery
- Various surgeons who have published their experiences use different names to describe the procedure. Here are some other terms that describe the same or a similar procedure:
- Endoventricular circular patch plasty repair
- Dor procedure (to credit Vincent Dor, MD, who authored many articles on the procedure he began performing in the early 1980s)
- Surgical ventricular restoration
- Left ventricular infarct exclusion surgery
- Left ventricular aneurysmectomy reconstruction
- Surgical anterior ventricular endocardial restoration
- Heart Transplant
A ventricular assist device (VAD -- also called ventricular assist system or VAS) is a mechanical pump that is implanted to help the heart’s weakened ventricle (major pumping chamber of the heart) pump blood throughout the body.
The VAD can be used as a bridge-to-transplant,
which means it can help a patient survive until a donor heart becomes available for transplant. This option may be appropriate for people whose medical therapy has failed and who are hospitalized with end-stage systolic heart failure. As a bridge-to-transplant, the VAD allows the patient to be discharged to an outpatient setting while waiting for transplant. Without this device, there is a greater risk of death during the wait for a transplant.
The VAD also can be used as destination therapy,
which is an alternative to heart transplant. Destination therapy provides long-term support in patients who are not candidates for transplant.
When used as a bridge-to-transplant or as destination therapy, the VAD provides effective hemodynamic support, maintains or improves other organ function, improves exercise performance and enables participation in cardiac rehabilitation.
There are some real viable options here. I hope this helps.....