Healing Patients Who Won't Settle
At Penn Medicine's Heart & Vascular Center, we gathered the top heart doctors from around the world and gave them a mission – end heart disease.
The most complex and minimally invasive procedures, the top multidisciplinary teams and the latest research advances – they're all part of our approach to deliver personalized heart care for every patient.
We won't settle for anything less than you living your best life, and we're succeeding, one Derek, Thomas, Lucille & Dot at a time.
“I live like my donor is watching.”Derek Fitzgerald, Heart Transplant
IRONMAN® Lake Placid Finisher*
After beating cancer, Derek went into severe heart failure. He desperately needed a heart transplant.
People said he'd never live a full life, but Derek wouldn't settle for that. That's why he chose Penn. We didn't settle either.
Now he has a new heart that he's carried 140.6 miles in an ultra-distance triathlon.
*IRONMAN® is a registered U.S. trademark of World Triathlon Corporation (WTC). Used herein by permission.
“Retire? Maybe next year.”Dot & Lucille, Heart Valve Disease
Sisters & Chefs
For over 50 years, Lucille and Dot have cooked in the Chalfonte Hotel kitchen.
When they were both diagnosed with heart problems, people said they should retire. Lucille and Dot wouldn't settle for that. That's why they chose Penn. We didn't settle either.
Now, Dot has a new heart valve, Lucille has a new lease on life, and they're both looking forward to next year.
“For an Irishman like me, this is life!”Thomas Staunton, AFib
Thomas loves his Irish heritage — the food, the music, the dance. For years his heart was in AFib. He was on blood thinners, at constant risk for stroke, and at the hospital every few weeks.
Thomas didn't want to settle for that. That's why he chose Penn. We didn't settle either.
We had a better option for Thomas — something no other hospital in Philadelphia had — the LARIAT procedure. He was the first in the region to receive it, and now he's off blood thinners for good.
“I was the healthiest unhealthy person out there.”Doug Krampel, Coronary Artery Disease & Hypercholesterolemia
60 year old father
Doug ate well and worked out, but his cholesterol was still off the charts. He had 26 cardiac catheterizations in nine years, and he was afraid that his condition would continue to deteriorate.
Doug didn't want to settle for a life like that. That's why he chose Penn. We didn't settle either.
We literally filtered the fat out of his blood with a unique treatment called LDL Apheresis. Penn is one of the only places in the country to offer this treatment, and now Doug can live his life without fear.