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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Surviving a Heart Attack While Surfing

After three days of support, Bob Kiefer’s heart function returned to normal.

Treatment with the Impella® Heart Pump

Ralf Rohrbeck survives heart attack and now enjoys a new life in Helmstedt

Impella® Heart Pump Enables Heart Recovery in Lucerne

Because of the Impella heart pump, Anneke and her husband are back to enjoying cycling and going on holiday

Mother of Two Survives Heart Attack

After two days of support, the Impella® heart pump was removed and Jennifer Guess was discharged home days later. 

Enjoying Life in Berlin Again Thanks to the Impella® Heart Pump

Franziska Bleis recovered from myocarditis with the support of Impella heart pumps

After Being Turned Down for Surgery, John Fisher was Introduced to Protected PCI

John was turned down for surgery due to a low ejection fraction and multiple comorbidities. However, his cardiologist was determined that John was a candidate for a Protected PCI procedure with Impella®

Rosie Coleman Survives Post-Cardiotomy Cardiogenic Shock  

After three days on support, Rosie’s condition improved and the Impella heart pump was removed.

Naval Officer Survives Cardiac Arrest

While getting ready for work, Ramon Rinkin suddenly collapsed in his bathroom and went into cardiac arrest

Physicians and Impella® Help to Recover Father’s Heart in Japan

Tatsuya Hamano is now back to work and enjoys a healthier lifestyle with his family after recovering from cardiomyopathy

From COVID-19 to Heart Recovery, Kerri Bryles is Back to Being Herself

Kerri, a 45-year-old wife, mother, and pharmacist always led a healthy lifestyle but after four negative COVID-19 test results, Kerri tested positive

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