Patient Stories

Stories from Heart Failure Patients

At St. Jude Medical, we are proud to help heart failure patients improve their cardiac health and manage their heart failure.

Each of our heart failure patient stories reflects one person’s experience. Keep in mind that not everyone will experience the same results. Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of your treatment options. And please note that St. Jude Medical does not provide medical services or advice as part of this website.

Harlon's CardioMEMS™ HF System StoryHarlon’s story

Harlon discusses how his heart failure had gotten so bad that he and his wife started planning his funeral. Then he received the CardioMEMS™ HF System and hasn’t been in the hospital since. He is now creating more memories with his family.

Iris' CardioMEMS™ HF System StoryIris' story

After beating breast cancer, she discovered she had heart failure and a new battle was to begin. With the help of the CardioMEMS™ HF System, Iris is back to living a full life, playing with grandchildren and attending football games.

Ed's CardioMEMS™ HF System StoryEd’s story

Ed discusses how the CardioMEMS™ HF System helps his doctor adjust his therapy so he can be more active on his farm and have fun with his family.

Cynthia’s CardioMEMS™ HF System StoryCynthia’s story

After years of being hospitalized a few times a month, Cynthia received a CardioMEMS™ HF System. She is back to enjoying activities with family and friends.

Dell’s CardioMEMS™ HF System Story Dell’s story

After experiencing the worst episode of his 15-year battle with heart failure, Dell received the CardioMEMS™ HF System, which has given him a sense of security and allowed him to resume his ministry services.

Nate’s CardioMEMS™ HF System StoryNate’s story

Nate no longer lives in fear of being rushed to the hospital now that he has received the CardioMEMS™ HF System. His clinic monitors his pulmonary artery pressure, allowing him to focus on his favorite activities and learn new ones such as tai chi.

Mary’s Story

After waking up from a near-death experience, Mary received a CardioMEMS™ HF System that has allowed her to continue fulfilling her life-long mission of helping at-risk youth.

Alice’s Story

After receiving a cardiac resynchronization therapy implantable cardioverter defibrillator (CRT-D) to treat her congestive heart failure, Alice lives a more full and active life.

Ron’s Story

A series of heart attacks and triple bypass surgery left Ron unable to do much. After receiving his CRT-D, he now enjoys the things he used to do, like woodworking, fishing and working around the house.

Graphic representing patientsRick’s Story

Diagnosed with cardiomyopathy at age 28, Rick experienced a long journey of heart failure treatments before gaining renewed hope with a left ventricular assist device, or LVAD.

Ron’s Story

Viral cardiomyopathy caused Ron’s heart to slowly stop working but he now leads an active lifestyle since receiving his LVAD implant.

Jim’s Story

Diagnosed with heart disease at only 16, Jim now has more freedom to work, volunteer at his church and spend time with his wife—his childhood sweetheart—since receiving his LVAD.

James’ Story

After catching a virus in his heart, James is thankful for the chance to spend more time with his grandchildren after receiving an LVAD.