Stories of Gratitude

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

Howard Anderson: Structural Heart

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

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

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.

Doug Limon: Angina

Doug Limon: Angina

Doug participated in an MHIF study investigating stem cells to treat refractory angina and no longer has constant chest pain.

Marcus McCleery: Atrial Fibrillation

Marcus McCleery: Atrial Fibrillation

Diagnosed with chronic atrial fibrillation, Marcus’ life was transformed after undergoing a catheter ablation and eventually receiving a pacemaker.

Karla McGraw: Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Karla McGraw: Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Karla received the life-saving care she needed for her sudden cardiac arrest, thanks to MHIF-developed protocols Cool-It and Level One.

Anna Schu: Cardiac Valve

At 85, Anna was able to undergo a transcatheter aortic valve procedure, which is less risky than traditional open-heart surgery.

Peter Quimby: Cardiomyopathy

Peter Quimby: Cardiomyopathy

Instead of waiting for a heart transplant, Peter was able to receive a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implant.

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