Most little girls have big dreams and wishes. Six-year-old Claire is no exception, but the selfless nature of her biggest wish is. She wants to be a doctor for just ONE day in order to do a single, but very important surgery – one that will fix her mom’s heart. The...
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's heart event occurred on Oct 23, 2007. She worked for the Delano Chamber of Commerce and was alone in her office; she remembers no part of this story and only knows it as it was told to her. Lisa collapsed and a woman working across the hall found Lisa on the...
While cross-country skiing in January 2014, R.T. Rybak, three-term mayor of Minneapolis and now president and CEO of the Minneapolis Foundation, suffered a heart attack after feeling ill and short of breath. He was transported to the hospital, where three drug-eluting...
“I am not a victim of heart disease, I am a survivor.” Howard Anderson is grateful that his parents were risk-takers – he credits his being alive today with their boldness, and that of his doctors at the time. Howard was born with multiple structural heart issues in...
Andrew had an active childhood, involved in basketball, football and other sports. As a young adult, his energy level declined, leaving him with continuous exhaustion. "I would come home from work, take a nap for a couple hours, get up and try to be active and then I...
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.