Stories of Gratitude

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

Betsy Kinkead:  SCAD

Betsy Kinkead: SCAD

At 43, healthy and active Betsy experienced spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD); nearly 90 percent of SCAD patients are women.

Dave Durenberger: Aortic Valve

Dave Durenberger: Aortic Valve

Dave Durenberger: From health policy expert to grateful patient As a U.S. Senator from Minnesota for 16 years and then a senior health policy Fellow at the University of St. Thomas, Dave Durenberger spent much of his career working on health care reform and health...

Lisa Koenecke: COOL-IT

After experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, Lisa was treated with the MHIF-developed COOL-IT protocol to reduce risk of permanent brain damage.

R.T. Rybak – Heart Attack

R.T. Rybak – Heart Attack

R.T. Rybak suffered a heart attack and thanks fast-acting physicians and clinical research for helping his heart avoid long-term damage.

Howard Anderson: Structural Heart

Born with multiple structural heart issues, Howard as an adult has benefitted from MHIF’s continued research into conditions like his.

Andrew Lerud: Cardiac Valve

Born with a bicuspid aortic valve, Andrew developed aortic stenosis and fully recovered his life after an aortic valve replacement.

Bill Kotonias: Cardiac Valve

Through an MHIF study, Bill received a bioprosthetic aortic valve made of animal tissue, which doesn’t require long-term medication use.

John Unger: Cardiac Valve

John Unger: Cardiac Valve

Through a clinical research study, John avoided a second open-heart surgery and underwent a transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure.

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