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Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) 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.


Heather Blum: Heart Arrhythmia

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Heather felt weak when doctors found she had a heart arrhythmia. A left ventricle assist device implant helped her heart regain strength.

Read Heather Blum's story

Amanda Goehring: Myocarditis Patient Story

Amanda Goehring - Chronic Coronary Total Occlusion Patient Story

While on an artificial heart pump and waiting for a transplant, Amanda's heart recovered so that she was able to avoid transplantation.

Read Amanda Goehring's story