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Learning about people who are doing well with HeartMate II can be inspiring.The feeling can be even more powerful if you share something in common with them. If you see someone with a HeartMate II, who is similar in age or background to yourself, you might think, “I can do that too,” or it might convince you that
HeartMate II can help someone you know get better.

This page can help you find personal stories of people who have something in common with you—or with someone you know.

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Rick

I was diagnosed with idiopathic cardiomyopathy at the age of 28. I learned to adjust my life to accommodate my heart

Ron

I was diagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy in 1996 after having pneumonia. I had great cardiologists who kept me alive

Jim

God’s way of preparing me for my LVAD journey began years ago when I met my wife Trish at church camp at the tender

Mercedes

My heart failure was drug induced by Adriamycin, which I received during chemotherapy for breast cancer. The heart failure

James

In 2002 all my energy went south in more ways than one and it happened over night. Upon analysis it was determined I

Philip

I feel that I am able to function with complete capability as the strong individual I was in my early thirties. On February

Claudia

As snowbirds, we arrived at our wintering grounds in November. I caught what I thought was a cold, but it wouldn't go

Greg

I was ready for my own funeral until the HeartMate II was installed at University of Minnesota. March 28, 2011 is my

Linda

Before my HeartMate II, I knew my life wasn't going to be good be honest with you. It was so hard not to be able do

Don

I knew my heart failure was slowly getting worse over the past year and an LVAD was my only option to be able to keep

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For indications for use, contraindications, warnings, and adverse events view our HeartMate II safety information. Individual experiences, symptoms, situations, and circumstances may vary. Please consult your physician or qualified healthcare provider regarding your condition and appropriate medical treatment.


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