Penn Heart and Vascular

Patients of the Heart Failure Program

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    Patricia

    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

    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

    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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    William

    At 35, William, a police officer, was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure. Doctors feared he might not make it through the week, but Bill had motivation to live: he was about to be a first-time father. Seventeen years later, Bill will soon watch his son graduate high school.

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