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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Autocross Racer Back in the Driver’s Seat Following Heart Attack

The next day, the Impella® heart pump was removed, and Dan Wolpert walked out of the hospital nine days later

Impella® Heart Pump Helps Give New Mexico Guardsman a Second Chance at Life

After several days, Impella 2.5® heart pump was removed, and Jay Sanchez's heart was strong enough to function without mechanical support

Former Marine Back to Running and Spending Precious Time with Family

While out for a run, Jeff Fisher remembers feeling serious pain on his left side

Hope in the Heart of Texas

Justin Redman feared undergoing yet another procedure, then he was introduced to Protected PCI with Impella®

Protect Your Heart. Protect Your Passion

Tiny heart pump gives Texas foster mom, Vickie Nemec, her life back

A Complete Recovery for a Young Mother’s Heart

After two days, Cecy Wells’s heart recovered, the Impella® heart pump was removed and Cecy no longer had any symptoms of heart failure

Dr. Thom Dahle Shares the Story of His Father, Tory Dahle

Tory Dahle benefited from Protected PCI with the Impella CP® heart pump

Surgeons Turned Bobby Freeman Down for Open Heart Surgery Because He Was Too High Risk

Bobby remained on Impella® support for four days until his heart was strong enough to function on its own and the Impella was removed

Young Athlete’s Heart Recovers Following Cardiac Arrest During Workout

Though his doctors initially thought Tim Deits may need to receive a heart transplant, his heart recovered well enough to avoid it

Middle Linebacker Overcomes Biggest Blockage of His Life

After two days on the Impella® heart pump, Dr. Hill and his colleagues determined that Stephon Betts’s heart had healed enough to pump on its own again

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