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 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.

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.

Avid Traveler and Family Man Enjoying Life After Suffering a Near-Fatal Heart Attack

Keith Brown was at a friend’s birthday celebration when he suddenly collapsed and went into cardiac arrest.

Grandfather Regains Strength Following Protected PCI

Following the procedure, Jim Hoag gradually began to regain his strength. Within a couple of months, he felt better than he had in seven years.

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