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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Retired Engineer Tends to More Than 40 Acres of Land After Surviving Cardiogenic Shock

By the time John DeBusk arrived in the parking lot of the hospital, he was in cardiac arrest

Physician Babu Eladasari Recovers After Experiencing Cardiogenic Shock

A little over two weeks later, Dr. Eladasari was discharged home with his native heart and normal heart function

Distance Runner Survives Heart Attack During Half-Marathon

Soma Ambadapudi was discharged home with his native heart, and today he has normal heart function and an ejection fraction of 55%

Mother Survives Peripartum Cardiomyopathy After the Birth of Her Second Child

A few years ago, after a scheduled C-section at a local hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina for her second child, Shirley Polk suddenly had trouble breathing

Adrienne Nastari Returns to Her Busy Routine After Surviving Cardiomyopathy

After three days on support of the Impella® heart pump, Adrienne’s heart recovered, and the pump was removed

Swiss Man Returns to Active Lifestyle Following Heart Attack

Seppi Gasser was in cardiogenic shock and his heart needed immediate support

Mother of Seven Back in Business After SCAD Scare

Ten days after delivering her daughter, Jara Herron began experiencing severe weakness and difficulty breathing

Mother of Newborn Returns to Everyday Life After Coronary Artery Dissection Leads to Cardiogenic Shock

Weeks after giving birth to her newborn child, Monica Bales felt chest pain and numbness in her arms

A Protected Option for a Productive Life

After the Protected PCI procedure, the Impella CP® was removed and Mongin Smyly’s heart recovered

Physicians Discovered Major Blockages in Mike Barton's Heart and an Ejection Fraction of 15%

Mike remained on Impella® support for three days to allow his heart to rest and recover

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