Patient Stories

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Each story is different, but all share a common message: heart recovery is possible. Learn more about the people who returned home with their native hearts.



Stories of Heart Recovery


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Physicians and Heart Pump Help to Recover Father’s Heart

Francis “Buddy” Chase was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a disease that causes heart muscle to weaken

NOLA Patient Back on the Ranch After Heart Attack

When Erl Rabe began feeling severe chest pain, he knew he needed to act quickly

Young Mom Survives Cardiogenic Shock

While on Impella 5.0® support, Erin Hanussak became stronger and stronger

Rock Climber Back to the Climb Following Heart Attack

Though Eric Braga had a family history of heart disease, the 48-year-old never thought he would suffer a heart attack

California Woman Returns to Family After Cardiogenic Shock

The interventional cardiologist knew Denise Pandey's heart needed immediate support

Mother’s Heart Recovers After Developing Peripartum Cardiomyopathy

Following the C-section, Jessica Grib developed peripartum cardiomyopathy and went into cardiogenic shock

Mother Recovers From Rare Cardiac Condition

Physicians diagnosed Dawn Dipzinski with a spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), a rare condition that occurs when a tear forms in a blood vessel in the heart

Grandfather Celebrates His 60th Birthday with a Recovered Heart

The Impella 5.0® was implanted to support Jerome Cole's weak heart and, after given the time to rest, Jerome’s heart began to show signs of improvement

Mother Fully Recovers After a Virus Attacked Her Heart

After a virus attacked Jenny DeVoe's heart, her doctors’ quick thinking and a tiny pump made heart recovery possible

The Day an EMT Faced Her Own Emergency and How a Tiny Pump Helped Save Her Life

A week after her heart attack, Joella Bobak was able to walk out of the hospital and go home with her own, recovered heart

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