Penn Heart and Vascular

Patients of the Heart Failure Program

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    They say good things come in three. Just ask Carlton, given three more chances at life thanks to Penn Medicine. Here he talks about receiving a life-saving Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) as he battled advanced heart failure and coronary artery disease.

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    Patricia is a grandmother whose heart failure symptoms got so bad one day that she went to the emergency room at her local hospital. The hospital diagnosed her symptoms as asthma, but her son urged her to get a second opinion. Patricia chose Penn.

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    Joe was born with a heart defect that eventually caused him to seek advanced heart failure therapy. Joe had a choice: a heart transplant or a clinical trial that would let him keep his own heart and eliminate the need for lifelong transplant medications. At only 23 years old, Joe chose to try the experimental therapy, and now his heart is healed.

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    Maureen is a heart transplant patient that suffered for years through bouts of ventricular tachycardia. Her family has a long line of heart disease, so she knew the severity of her condition as soon as she was diagnosed with heart disease.

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