Patient Stories

Stories from Heart Failure Patients

At Abbott, 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 Abbott does not provide medical services or advice as part of this website.

Cynthia’s CardioMEMS™ HF System StoryCynthia C’s story

Before her heart failure diagnosis, Cynthia had trouble breathing. After diagnosis, her doctor recommended the CardioMEMS™ HF System to help with the management of her heart failure. In this video, she explains how easy it was to get the implant and how comfortable she feels with the system.

Duane’s CardioMEMS™ HF System StoryDuane’s story

Duane explains how after his heart failure diagnosis he worried that he would never get better or live a normal life again. After being hospitalized 5 times in 3 months, he wanted an opportunity to improve. With the CardioMEMS™ HF System, Duane says that his heart failure care team has been able to improve monitoring, better adjust his medications, and keep him out of the hospital for heart failure. Now, he’s back to his life with his wife of 54 years.

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.

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.

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.