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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82 Year Old Woman Enjoys Improved Quality of Life

Today, Mary Hanel feels better than she has in years

Grandfather Survives Complete Right Heart Failure

Despite the intense stress on both sides of Howard Gaynor's heart, his left and right ventricles are both functioning normally today

Sunday School Teacher Returns to Church after Surviving Cardiogenic Shock

After three days, Mark Adkins’s heart recovered enough to function on its own and the Impella® heart pump was removed

Football Coach Returns to the Field After Homecoming Game Heart Attack

About two days later, Ricky Payne’s ejection fraction returned to normal and two days following that, he returned home to his family with his native heart

Woman Collapses in Cardiac Arrest During Wedding Anniversary Getaway

Lisa Cardillo’s heart had recovered enough to function on its own and the Impella® heart pump was removed

Physicians and Impella® Heart Pump Help Mother of Four Recover Her Heart

Lauri Evans was weaned off Impella support and returned home to her family with no resulting heart muscle damage

Still Dancing after Impella RP® Heart Pump Helps Nancy Wilkins Recover From Heart Attack

Dr. Reginelli and his team implanted the Impella RP® heart pump and Nancy began showing signs of improvement

Young Mother’s Failing Heart is Saved After Delivering Child

After delivering her third child, Laura Hernandez, experienced pregnancy-related complications that led to cardiogenic shock

England Native Has Bright Future Following Heart Attack

The medical team decided to place an Impella CP® heart pump to provide hemodynamic support and allow George Thompson's heart to rest during the Protected PCI procedure

Teenage Hockey Player Returns to Ice After Going Into Cardiogenic Shock

Heart problems were the last thing Adam Millar’s family expected when the healthy 19 year old developed flu-like symptoms.

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