Darlene wanted to survive long enough to see her grandson get married. She was the first woman to receive the Tendyne valve, and she danced at the wedding.
MHIF’s commitment to research and education gave Bill an option that best fit his lifestyle and offered close care to help him through his valve replacement.
For John Unger, the opportunity to participate in a clinical research study of a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) device came not a moment too soon.
After dealing with constant chest pain for many years, Doug was willing to try anything to get his life back.
The days, months and years leading up to my eventual surgeries were dark, to say the least. At nearly 400 pounds, I was unhappy about nearly every aspect of my life.
Karla McGraw doesn’t remember her sudden cardiac arrest, and she is grateful for that. She’s also grateful for MHIF researchers for their groundbreaking work on the Cool-It and Level One programs.
When Anna Schu learned that calcium had built up in her aortic heart valve, causing her to receive inadequate blood flow through the valve, she thought that she didn’t have many options.
In 2002, Peter was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart becomes weakened and enlarged and cannot pump enough blood to the rest of the body.
In 2014, an MHIF research coordinator received a call from her niece, who had recently learned that her husband might need to have his leg amputated due to popliteal artery entrapment syndrome.
When Dave Lee had a myocardial infarction, he was told that his life as he knew it was over; that he was a “cardiac cripple.”
Mark Fillhouer thought he was healthy, but at the age of 48, he had a heart attack.
Daniel Seman never thought it would happen to him. He thought he was invincible, that he would live a long life.
When Elnora Scheffler learned that her aortic valve had calcified and needed to be replaced, she was told that she may not be able to do anything about it.
Thanks to research performed at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, Dr. Awad was able to undergo a minimally-invasive, low-risk surgical procedure – one that had him feeling better almost instantaneously.