Stories of Gratitude

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

Marie Becotte: Heart Valve Disease

Marie Becotte: Heart Valve Disease

There are many people who think the regular signs of aging include feeling tired and having more difficulty breathing, but the reality for Marie was that she had heart valve disease – specifically a very leaky tricuspid heart valve.

Bill Ward: Aortic Valve Replacement

Bill Ward: Aortic Valve Replacement

Bill had a long history of heart attacks throughout his life. By 2021, he went through a workup to prepare for a valve replacement so he would be in good shape to attend his grandson’s upcoming wedding. However, shortly before the replacement date, he experienced another mild heart attack which called for a change of plans.

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.

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