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Patient Stories

Meet patients that have undergone treatment at the Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute and learn what you can expect.

Cardiology

  • Lary's Story

    Condition: heart attack
    "I thought I had a severe chest cold—it just felt like I couldn’t get enough air. But, my breathing was so bad that day, I got scared and went to the ER."

    heart and vascular institute - image of Lary Levy
  • Albert's Story

    Condition: heart failure
    "I thought I had a severe chest cold—it just felt like I couldn’t get enough air. But, my breathing was so bad that day, I got scared and went to the ER."

    heart and vascular institute - image of Albert McDonald
  • Kim's Story

    Condition: long qt syndrome
    "My cardiologist and the Hopkins genetics program were able to pinpoint the cause of my frequent heart rhythm problems."

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Cardiac Surgery

  • Kristine's Story

    Treatment: combined heart-liver transplantation
    Avid runner Kristine Stoehr started experiencing dangerous abnormal heart rhythms and was ultimately diagnosed with a rare condition called arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C).

    heart and vascular institute - image of Kristine Stoehr
  • Marion's Story

    Treatment: heart transplant
    Marion Bennett received a lifesaving heart transplant from Johns Hopkins Medicine.

    heart and vascular institute - image of Marion Bennett
  • Rodney's Story

    Condition: aortic dissection
    Rodney M. was airlifted to Johns Hopkins after experiencing sudden chest discomfort, leg numbness and excruciating pain.

    heart and vascular institute - image of Rodney M.
  • Sarann's Story

    Condition: atrial fibrillation (AFib)
    Sarann Kraushaar started to experience some unfamiliar health issues, including feeling overwhelming exhaustion while doing her regular activities.

    heart and vascular institute - image of Sarann Kraushaar
  • Brian's Story

    Condition: aortic aneurysm
    "I was born with the heart defect called tetralogy of Fallot, which was surgically corrected when I was 3. Then a few years ago, like about 15 percent of people born with this condition, I developed an aortic aneurysm."

    heart and vascular institute - image of Brian
 

Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy

  • Charles' Story

    Charles Power underwent surgery by Dr. Ronald Sherman to shave a protruding bone that was causing two ulcers outside of his right foot.

    heart and vascular institute - image of couple walking together with dog in woods
  • Roger's Story

    Roger Tuck, an engineer and grandfather of three young grandchildren, underwent surgery to treat an infection in the heel of his foot caused by Diabetes.

    heart and vascular institute - back of grandfather walking with grandson
  • Mohammad's Story

    Mohammad grew concerned when the swelling of his hand became increasingly noticeable and lasted for more than a week.

    heart and vascular institute - image of Mohammad walking
  • Melissa's Story

    Melissa was healthy and active but had also experienced some unexplained arm pain for as long as she could remember.

    heart and vascular institute - woman wearing hospital gown sitting on hospital bed
  • Peyton's Story

    Sixteen-year-old Peyton Elzey looks forward to pitching on her top-choice division 1 collegiate softball team in North Carolina.

    heart and vascular institute - image of peyton elzey
  • Nicole's Story

    After 10 Years of pain, Nicole Palombo becomes an advocate for others with thoracic outlet syndrome.

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  • Gina's Story

    Given her history as an avid tennis player, Gina was initially diagnosed with tennis elbow and treated with a regimen of physical therapy and cortisone shots, which seemed to help ease the discomfort.

    heart and vascular institute - image of Gina on swing with her children
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