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Heather Blum, UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute patient, enjoying time with her children

Meet Heather Blum

Heather Blum was feeling weak when doctors discovered she had a heart arrhythmia. Doctors implanted a ventricular assist device (VAD) to provide Heather's heart with the assistance it needed to regain strength. She's now raising her two children while living VAD-free, and follows up with Dr. Michael Mathier and the Advanced Heart Failure Center team once a year.

Read her story.