Rob Dunbar is Back to Riding His Motorcycle and Enjoying Family

49-year-old Rob Dunbar, an assistant administrator and engineer from Cincinnati, OH, began experiencing flu-like symptoms in October 2020. His primary care physician diagnosed Rob with pneumonia and sent him home with medication. A week later, Rob returned to his physician and an EKG confirmed irregularities with his heart. He was transferred to Mercy West Hospital to be evaluated. Since Rob had been exercising more and eating healthy in recent years, he never imagined he would develop congestive heart failure.

When physicians performed a catheterization, they identified triple vessel coronary artery disease and a severely low ejection fraction (LVEF 10%). Within hours of placing an intra-aortic balloon pump, Dr. Anil Verma recognized Rob’s heart required mechanical circulatory support. Dr. Verma inserted the Impella CP® heart pump to support Rob’s weak heart for nearly four days before performing quadruple bypass surgery. While weaning off bypass, Rob went into postcardiotomy cardiogenic shock (PCCS). Dr. Manisha Patel escalated Rob’s care to Impella 5.5® with SmartAssist® to provide additional hemodynamic support. After eleven days of support, Rob’s condition improved and Impella 5.5 with SmartAssist was weaned and removed. Rob returned home days later and completed cardiac rehabilitation.

Today, Rob is back to riding his motorcycle and appreciating time with his family.