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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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

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

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