Heart and Vascular Patient Stories

Carolyn

Patient Stories

Heart Disease Survivor Stories

While pushing a child in a stroller, Carolyn’s heart suddenly stopped. Luckily, her story didn’t end there.

 

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Michael Meyers

Patient story

In the Air, On Land: Japan to Hawaii to Iowa

UI Heart and Vascular Center ECMO specialists help save a Marine with severe respiratory failure.

 

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Patient Story

From Clinical Death to Restored Life

Cheri Amelon can attribute her survival of a cardiac arrest to her husband's CPR, the paramedics' ability to restart her stopped heart, and an innovative therapy at UI Health Care that kept her body functioning following the ordeal.

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Patient Story

Benefits of a New Approach

As a heart patient, Gaylord "Dave" Davis can assure you that today's approach to a heart catheterization is much improved from what he endured in past times.

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Jess Harris

Patient Story

ECMO Saves a Life

ECMO allows sick or injured hearts or lungs the opportunity to rest and get better. In Jess Harris's case ECMO gave him the edge his heart needed to survive the implanting of a cardiac stent.

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Kimmsquare

Patient Story

Extending Life

When Brian Kimm of Blairstown, Iowa, learned that he needed a heart transplant, he faced the same dilemma that confronts many patients on the waiting list—staying alive until a donor heart becomes available.

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Jose Rodriguez

Patient Story

Gentler Surgery Rebuilds Jose's Heart

Des Moines contractor Jose Rodriguez (with wife, Norma) "feels great" after valve surgery.

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Marilyn Swanson

Patient Story

Slowing a Speedy Heart

Marilyn had a heart that would race out of control at times. But a procedure by a UI Heart and Vascular specialist ended her racing days.

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PATIENT STORY

Wrist Procedure Gets Heart Patient Back On the Road

Bill’s back pain was really a heart problem. A problem solved through an amazing wrist procedure.

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