Stories of Gratitude
Read the inspiring stories from the people who tell it best – patients.
Donald had life-threatening blockages in his coronary arteries. In early 2020, a team at the Minneapolis Heart Institute under the leadership of Dr. Brilakis went to work to open his arteries and save his life.
Larry had a mitral valve regurgitation, which is caused by a leaky mitral valve so it couldn’t pump blood and oxygen efficiently through his body.
Paul Lewis tells people that his life was saved by COVID. In March 2020, at age 52, he not only suffered a massive heart attack, but also cardiac arrest and a minor stroke.
Kevin received a heart transplant and a second chance at life through a research study evaluating the “Heart-in-a-Box” technology.
After developing a rare aneurysm (an abnormal bulge) on one of his bypass grafts, Craig was excited to find Dr. Emmanouil Brilakis, who had the expertise needed to treat it.
Andrea feels younger and more energetic than ever after having an aortic valve replacement in the summer of 2020 through MHIF’s Valve Science Center.
Diane developed mitral stenosis, an obstruction of blood flow across the mitral valve from the left atrium to the left ventricle.
Despite having a diagnosis of heart failure, Ed feels good and said he’s able to live “a fairly unrestricted life.”
Shelly Schierts’ journey to finding the cause of her chest pain and unusual fatigue was anything but easy.
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