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Patients First

Our patients are the motivation for all that we do, and we take great joy in celebrating every patient's success story.

Fisherman Working in Japan Recovers after Virus Attacks his Heart

Fisherman Working in Japan Recovers after Virus Attacks his Heart

Ridel Tamowangkay, who works on a Japanese fishing boat, developed a fever and experienced trouble breathing and chest pain while out at sea. Fortunately, emergency assistance rushed him to Nippon Medical School Hospital in Tokyo, Japan, for immediate care.

Swiss Man Returns to Active Lifestyle Following Heart Attack

Swiss Man Returns to Active Lifestyle Following Heart Attack

Seppi Gasser from Lucerne Littau, Switzerland, always considered himself to be healthy. But when he suffered a heart attack, his cardiologist knew his heart needed immediate support.

Father of Interventional Cardiologist Benefits from Protected PCI

Father of Interventional Cardiologist Benefits from Protected PCI

Tory Dahle, 84, a husband, father, and grandfather, always led an active lifestyle. When he began experiencing shortness of breath and chest pain, his son, an interventional cardiologist, knew a Protected PCI procedure with Impella would allow him to return to his active routine.

Grandfather Enjoys Improved Quality of Life

Grandfather Enjoys Improved Quality of Life

After a long history of cardiac conditions that caused painful breathing and chest pain, Bill Schrimpl received a Protected PCI treatment the Impella CP® to treat his occluded arteries. Following his procedure, Bill experienced improvement in his breathing, can now ride his bicycle again and enjoys more time with his family.

Rock Climber Survives Heart Attack Scare

Rock Climber Survives Heart Attack Scare

One evening out with family, Eric began noticing symptoms of a heart attack. After immediately entering the hospital, the heart team treated his heart with Impella to help it recover.

Protected PCI Care for Patient Caretaker

Protected PCI Care for Patient Caretaker

Mother, great-grandmother, and foster mother Mattie always finds herself caring for others before herself. After being turned down for heart surgery, Mattie receives a Protected PCI treatment for her heart.

Peripartum Cardiomyopathy Patient Shares Her Story of Heart Recovery

Peripartum Cardiomyopathy Patient Shares Her Story of Heart Recovery

What should have been one of the happiest days of Jessica Grib’s life quickly turned into a nightmare when she developed peripartum cardiomyopathy.

Young Athlete’s Heart Recovers Following Cardiac Arrest During Workout

Young Athlete’s Heart Recovers Following Cardiac Arrest During Workout

Like many 16-year olds, Tim Deits was always moving – when not playing hockey, Tim could typically be found working out at his parents’ home gym in Huntington Beach, CA. One day, he drank a pre-workout drink and hit the weights in the garage. But shortly after he started his workout, he went into cardiac arrest and collapsed. Tim’s parents, Michelle and Ted, found their young, healthy teenage son turning blue on the floor as they returned home from walking the dog.

Ted immediately began administering CPR as his wife, Michelle, called 9-1-1. When paramedics arrived, they loaded Tim into the ambulance and used the defibrillator twice to try and reset Tim’s heartbeat. On the way to the hospital in Newport Beach, CA, they used the defibrillator once again and got a pulse, but Tim’s body had gone into cardiogenic shock: a condition that occurs when vital organs start to shut down due to lack of oxygen.

By the time Tim arrived at the hospital, doctors Anthony Caffarelli, MD, Radhakrishan Gandhi, MD and Mahmoud Eslami-Farsani, MD knew that they needed to restore blood flow to Tim’s organs right away. The physicians inserted two Impella® heart pumps: the Impella CP and Impella RP to support Tim’s heart. Just two days prior, the team became certified to administer the Impella RP device.

While on Impella support, Tim’s heart muscle was able to rest and recover, and blood flow was restored to his organs. Though his doctors initially thought Tim may need to receive a heart transplant, his heart recovered well enough to avoid it.

Days later, the Impella pumps were removed and Tim’s heart began beating on its own again. Because Tim had gone into cardiogenic shock, doctors had put him into a thermo-induced coma for several days to slow his organs from shutting down. His parents feared that there could be potential neurological damage from the coma. But when he came to, Tim had two questions right away: “Can I have a glass of water?” and “Where is my phone?”

Tim was back on Snapchat right away, catching up on the social life he’d been absent from in the days since his heart attack. After his week long recovery in the hospital, he returned home just in time for Thanksgiving. A few days after he returned home, Tim attended one of his team’s hockey games at school.

Today, Tim is feeling back to normal. Genetic tests confirmed his heart event was due to Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia (ARVD), a rare form of cardiomyopathy in which the heart muscle of the right ventricle (RV) is replaced by fat and/or fibrous tissue causing the heart muscle to weaken. His doctors placed an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator – an ICD – to monitor his heartbeat, but he feels so good that he’s back to his normal and active life – playing hockey, exercising and snowboarding.

 

 

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A Protected Option for a Productive Life

A Protected Option for a Productive Life

Mongin Smyly's constant fatigue and weakness left him feeling hopeless. That’s when Dr. Ayaz Rahman and his Protected PCI Coordinator, Miranda James, introduced him to Protected PCI with the Impella® heart pump.

A New Swing at Life

A New Swing at Life

Scott Arnold learned his heart was severely weak, but due to previous bypass, he was not a candidate for surgery. That’s when Scott’s cardiologist introduced him to Protected PCI with Impella®. 

Young Mother's Failing Heart is Saved After Delivering Child

Young Mother's Failing Heart is Saved After Delivering Child

Following the delivery of her baby, Laura Hernandez went into cardiogenic shock. What began as a joyful experience turned into a fight for her life.  

A Complete Recovery for a Young Mother's Heart

A Complete Recovery for a Young Mother's Heart

Cecy Wells was overjoyed to deliver her healthy baby girl. But then she began experiencing chest pain and difficulty breathing, she knew she needed help fast.   

New Mexico Guardsman Gets Second Chance at Life

New Mexico Guardsman Gets Second Chance at Life

A couple hours after completing  a spin class, Jay Sanchez, began to feel severely ill. He drove himself to the ER and collapsed at the entrance. Medical staff rushed to save his life.

Mother of Seven Back in Business After SCAD Scare

Mother of Seven Back in Business After SCAD Scare

Jara Herron, mother of six and a salon and spa owner in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was eight months pregnant with her youngest child when she began feeling extremely ill. Ten days after her daughter was born, Jara was having difficulty breathing. Her husband called 9-1-1 and Jara was taken via helicopter to St. John Medical Center in Tulsa.

Protect Your Heart Protect Your Passion

Protect Your Heart Protect Your Passion

Vickie Nemec developed a foot infection which required emergency surgery. Following surgery, Vickie was rushed to the catheterization lab with severe chest pains. That’s when she learned her heart was failing. 

Mother Fully Recovers After a Virus Attacked Her Heart

Mother Fully Recovers After a Virus Attacked Her Heart

When Jenny DeVoe developed a fever, body aches, and nausea, she never thought these symptoms might be related to her heart. 

Physicians and Impella Heart Pump Help Mother of Four Recover Her Heart

Physicians and Impella Heart Pump Help Mother of Four Recover Her Heart

Lauri Evans, a healthy mom, suddenly collapsed while overseeing her children’s holiday party. What began as a festive day quickly turned into a nightmare as Lauri fought for her life.  

NOLA Patient Back on the Ranch After Heart Attack

NOLA Patient Back on the Ranch After Heart Attack

Erl Rabe has a family history of heart disease but still always considered himself to be in good health. But when he began feeling severe chest pain, he knew he needed to act quickly. 

Grandfather Celebrates His 60th Birthday with a Recovered Heart

Grandfather Celebrates His 60th Birthday with a Recovered Heart

What began as a common cold, or so he thought, soon turned into life threatening condition for Jerome Cole.

Physicians and Heart Pump Help to Recover Father’s Heart

Physicians and Heart Pump Help to Recover Father’s Heart

In the fall of 2015, Francis “Buddy” Chase, 42, came down with flu-like symptoms. But four days later, he as diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and transferred to Tufts to rest and recover his heart. 

Entrepreneur Back in Business After Protected PCI Procedure

Entrepreneur Back in Business After Protected PCI Procedure

Rogelio is able to resume his very busy lifestyle due to the benefits of revascularization from Protected PCI with Impella. As an entrepreneur, chairman of several regional organizations in Michigan, and local civic volunteer in Detroit, his schedule leaves little time for rest. So when health issues began getting in the way of his routine, Rogelio decided to go see Dr. Theodore Schreiber at Detroit Medical Center. There, Dr. Schreiber examined Rogelio’s heart and discovered that he needed to act quickly. He then introduced Rogelio to Protected PCI.

Hope in the Heart of Texas

Hope in the Heart of Texas

Justin Redman has lived with advanced heart disease for years and considers himself to have “the worst heart you’ve ever seen.” So when his symptoms led him to see his cardiologist, the fear of undergoing another procedure was taking a toll. That’s when Protected PCI with Impella® was first introduced to him.

Football Coach Returns to the Field After Homecoming Game Heart Attack

Football Coach Returns to the Field After Homecoming Game Heart Attack

Following a game, youth football coach, Ricky Payne, remembers watching the players shake hands. When he collapsed moments later and suffered a heart attack, the entire crowd jumped into action. 

Still Dancing after Impella RP® Heart Pump Helps Woman Recover From Heart Attack

Still Dancing after Impella RP® Heart Pump Helps Woman Recover From Heart Attack


Nancy Wilkins spent much time exercising and teaching line dancing. So when she blacked out following a dental cleaning, she never thought she would end up suffering a heart attack.

The Day an EMT Faced Her Own Emergency

The Day an EMT Faced Her Own Emergency

Joella Bobak, an EMT, was accustomed to responding to emergencies. But when she began feeling chest pain, she quickly realized she was experiencing an emergency of her own.

Impella® Heart Pump Supports Exercise Enthusiast after Massive Heart Attack

Impella® Heart Pump Supports Exercise Enthusiast after Massive Heart Attack

Duane Ackerman always considered himself to be healthy. But while exercising at the gym, he began to feel chest pain and suddenly collapsed. Gym members rushed to his side while calling 9-1-1.  

Detroit Man Motors on After Protected PCI Procedure

Detroit Man Motors on After Protected PCI Procedure

In 2008, Howard Pikstein made an appointment at Genesis Hospital to address his sleeping problems. After several tests and an angiogram, physicians determined that Howard had heart failure. In fact, the physicians said his heart was so weak that he would likely need a heart transplant. Howard’s sister, director of Cancer Services at William Beaumont Hospital in Detroit, served as his primary advocate and had heard about a randomized clinical trial called PROTECT II, which was enrolling patients undergoing high-risk percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures. Howard transferred his records to William Beaumont, enrolled into Protect II, and was randomly selected to receive the Impella 2.5. His interventional cardiologist, Dr. Simon Dixon, performed a high-risk PCI procedure and was able to place three stents to open Howards 90% blocked left main artery. A few days later, Howard was discharged from the hospital feeling a near immediate improvement. He returned to work at Ford Motors in Detroit shortly thereafter and is still feeling well today.

Young Mom Survives Myocarditis with the help of the Impella Device

Young Mom Survives Myocarditis with the help of the Impella Device

After Physicians and a tiny pump helped save her life, Erin Hanussak shares her family’s story to inspire others.

Middle Linebacker Overcomes Biggest Blockage of His Life

Middle Linebacker Overcomes Biggest Blockage of His Life

As a middle linebacker for the semi-pro Muskegon Mustangs football team, Stephon Betts knew what it was like to breathe hard and feel pain. At 31 years old, he assumed one day the pain in his chest and shortness of breath was probably due to overheating and dehydration, the rigors of playing a demanding game on a warm day.