Stories of Gratitude
Read the inspiring stories from the people who tell it best – patients.
Jessica was 29 weeks pregnant when she learned she had a congenital bicuspid aortic valve and was in heart failure.
When Skip was diagnosed with pneumonia, he received an angiogram during his hospital stay that showed his coronary arteries were 90 percent blocked.
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 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 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.
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