The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation is celebrating 40 Years (4 decades!) of world-class, cardiovascular research and education! We are excited to put our work into perspective and will be highlighting how our impact has been accelerating throughout the year!
MHIF in Numbers, from 1982 to Today:
2021 was a strong year, despite the pandemic. In fact, we activated more studies in 2021 than that we have in any other year… for the second consecutive year! Our research also continues to cross all practice areas of cardiovascular medicine and care.
Thanks to support from our donors, patients, physicians, staff and community, look what we accomplished in 2021:
40 years holds with it a long history, and we want to remind you of how this all began. Dr. Robert Van Tassel is one of the founding physicians of MHIF and he has an important mantra that inspires our team to strive, every day, to fulfill our vision of creating a world without heart and vascular disease.
“You can’t think big enough.”
Robert Van Tassel, MD, Cardiologist and MHIF Founding Physician
The history of MHIF starts with our founders, and you can learn more about the commitment established for this organization all the way back in 1982:
Celebrating 40 Patients Whose Lives Were Impacted By Research
Throughout this year, we hope to inspire you through the examples of impact that the MHIF mission has had on the lives of patients with cardiovascular conditions around the world. Check back for more patient stories each month:
Sharon Ruttger, 79, had a history of heart murmurs and atrial fibrillation, for which she had been taking medication and also undergone cardioversion procedures to “shock” her heart back into rhythm. While she occasionally felt fatigued, she was still able to go about her normal activities, but she eventually began feeling more tired than usual.
You know that feeling when you’ve finished a big project and you’re ready to enjoy a little relaxation? Jim Lamont was almost there. He had just completed a good stretch of work as a home builder in Clear Lake, IA and was ready to settle into a well-deserved vacation when he suffered a heart attack that required bypass surgery.
At age 88, Barbara Howell was initially a little indecisive about getting her aortic valve replaced. She’d had a heart murmur for several years and knew that a series of echocardiograms over the period of a year showed the condition of her aortic valve was worsening, but she didn’t have significant symptoms and was otherwise in good health.
Arley Larson is not the type of person to give up easily. So when he was offered the opportunity to participate in a clinical research trial at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation for a new device to treat his worsening heart failure, he naturally didn’t hesitate at all.
Jeff Fraser, 61, has experienced multiple heart events over the past several years, including placing stents to prevent blockages. Most recently, Jeff started experiencing frequent and debilitating chest pain, which eventually led him to discovering he was eligible for a new research trial.
Ashley was 16-years-old when she had trouble catching her breath and struggled to make it up the stairs. Knowing something was wrong, her mother quickly drove to the ER to discover Ashley had a congenital heart condition that would affect her for the rest of her life.