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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.

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.

Rick’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.