Patient Stories


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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Grandfather’s Heart Recovers From Myocarditis

On June 17, Kimihiko went into cardiogenic shock and required immediate mechanical circulatory support.

Young Lawyer’s Heart Recovers From COVID-19 and Myocarditis

After three days of support, Chavez Adams’ heart recovered and Impella® was removed.

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 Helps Helmstedt Man Recover

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

Impella® Heart Pump Enables Heart Recovery in Lucerne Patient

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

Today, John’s heart function is normal (55%) and he has more energy than he’s had in years. He’s able to walk his dogs, continue his passion for woodworking and enjoy time with his family.

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.

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