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 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

Mother Survives Heart Failure While Pregnant

Iman Dorty had suffered two strokes and her heart was failing due to an infection that caused her to go into cardiogenic shock

Entrepreneur Back in Business After Protected PCI Procedure

Impella CP® helps to prevent a “heart attack waiting to happen” for Rogelio Landin

California Man Feels Stronger Than He Has in Years

Michael Shaw’s heart had severe blockages and an ejection fraction of 15%

Detroit Man Motors on After Protected PCI Procedure

A few days later, Howard Pikstein was discharged from the hospital feeling a near immediate improvement

Father Cherishes Every Moment After Surviving Heart Attack

Just two days later, Michael Duncan’s condition dramatically improved and the Impella® heart pump was removed

Fisherman Working in Japan Recovers after Virus Attacks his Heart

Ridel Tamowangkay, who works on a Japanese fishing boat, developed a fever and experienced trouble breathing and chest pain while out at sea

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