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Heart Valve Disease Patient Stories

Every day, our heart and vascular health care team makes a difference in the lives of our patients.

The stories below profile some of the patients who came to UPMC for heart and vascular care.

Note: These patients' treatment and results may not be representative of all similar cases.


Bob Kleppner: Mitral Valve Prolapse (NeoChord® Trial)

After being diagnosed with bicuspid aortic valve, Bob Kleppner sought care with the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute. When Bob began to experience mitral valve prolapse, he was presented with the opportunity to be the first patient in a new clinical trial. Today, Bob is healthy and active once again.

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Dan Demarines: Mitral Valve Prolapse

Dan Demarines - Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP) Patient Story

When Dan's chest pain worsened, he was referred to UPMC has his heart valve repaired using minimally invasive robotic surgery.

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Jeff Donato: Mitral Valve Prolapse

Jeff Donato - Mitral Valve Prolapse Patient Story

Jeff, who races in 10 triathlons a year, was struggling during his workouts when he was diagnosed mitral valve prolapse.

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Bill Kubacki: Mitral Regurgitation

HVI patient Bill Kubacki | Mitral Valve Leak Patient

Bill Kubacki underwent a minimally invasive procedure to fix severe leakage in his mitral valve.

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David May: Aortic Stenosis and Mitral Regurgitation

David May

David underwent both the minimally invasive TAVR procedure and the minimally invasive MitraClip® procedure to repair his heart following a heart attack.

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Bev Meermans: Mitral Valve Disease

HVI patient Bev Meermans | Mitral Valve Disease Patient Story

At 91 years old, Bev was diagnosed with cardiac failure as a result of mitral valve regurgitation. She underwent the minimally invasive MitraClip® procedure and was able to return to her active lifestyle.

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Colleen Shirey: Mitral Valve Prolapse

HVI patient Collen Shirey | Robotic-assisted Valve Repair Patient Story

Colleen's heart valve needed to be repaired, and it was recommended for her to have minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery.

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Kenneth Humphrey: Functional Mitral Regurgitation

Kenneth Humphrey, UPMC patient

Kenneth was suffering the effects of functional mitral regurgitation when he was enrolled in the COAPT clinical trial through UPMC Presbyterian. After his Mitraclip® procedure, Kenneth regained his health and independence.

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