Stories of Gratitude

Read the inspiring stories from the people who tell it best – patients.

Skip Milotzky: Coronary Artery Disease

Skip Milotzky: Coronary Artery Disease

When Skip was diagnosed with pneumonia, he received an angiogram during his hospital stay that showed his coronary arteries were 90 percent blocked.

Barbara Jondahl: Aortic Valve Replacement

Barbara Jondahl: Aortic Valve Replacement

Barbara’s journey to a new heart valve began when her primary care provider suggested she had a heart murmur and referred her to the Minneapolis Heart Institute® for follow-up care.

Donald Sens: Coronary Artery Disease

Donald Sens: Coronary Artery Disease

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 Walters: Mitral Valve Replacement

Larry Walters: Mitral Valve Replacement

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.

Kevin Manion: Heart Transplant

Kevin Manion: Heart Transplant

Kevin received a heart transplant and a second chance at life through a research study evaluating the “Heart-in-a-Box” technology.

Craig Nickelbein: Bypass Graft Aneurysm

Craig Nickelbein: Bypass Graft Aneurysm

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 Rose: Aortic Valve Replacement

Andrea Rose: Aortic Valve Replacement

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.

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