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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Mom of Two and Avid Tennis Player Recovers from Cardiomyopathy

Though Jentry Workman was considered for a heart transplant, her condition began to improve within a few days after the Impella® heart pump was implanted

Grandfather Enjoys Quality Time With His Family Following a Protected PCI Procedure

Because of his previous heart attack, Dr. Kaki felt that Bill Asper would benefit from the Protected PCI procedure with Impella®. 

Father Back with His Family After Collapsing on a Run

Israel Contreras was discharged home within two weeks with normal heart function

Anesthesiologist and Physician Enjoys Retirement After Protected PCI Procedure

Today, Dr. Jeff Morray is back to biking, golfing and working in his woodshop with his native heart

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

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