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Patient Stories


Brian's Story

Brian had what he thought was standard heartburn for several months, butMichael Coady, Patient, Jeffrey Green: Stamford Health Heart & Vascular Patient Stories further tests revealed his four main coronary arteries were significantly blocked. He required a quadruple bypass surgery.

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John's StoryJohn Bonora with cardiologist Ted Portnay and cardiac surgeon Michael Coady, Stamford Health Heart & Vascular Institute

John never thought he would experience a life-threatening tear in his heart just before his daughter's wedding. It began with extreme tightness and intense pain.

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Christine's StoryChristine Wayne never thought she'd had a heart attack at 37.

At just 37 years old, a heart attack was the last thing on Christine's mind. Even though she hoped the feeling would pass, she made a life-saving decision to call 9-11.

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Carmela A.

Carmela's Story

Carmela noticed she was having a little trouble breathing and some pain in her chest. Further testing confirmed that she was a good candidate for transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR.

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Joe F.

Rachel's Story

Rachel had been experiencing dizziness, fatigue and increasing shortness of breath from daily activities. A heart tumor in a rare location at age 38 was something she had never before considered.

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Joe F.

Joe's Story

The morning Joe Frattaroli woke up with pain in his chest was one he’d never forget. Read more about Joe’s rare heart condition and lifesaving story.

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Billy K.Billy's Story

Billy Kopec had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure at age 30.

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Gordon J.

Gordon's Story

At 86, Gordon Johnson was still very active, swimming 1/4 mile every day. Watch the video to find out what he learned after he arranged for a stress test.

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Dawn B.

Dawn's Story

Ask Dawn Brusco about her experience at Stamford Health's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, and she is only too happy to talk about how it changed her life.

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Read more stories of patients who had success at Stamford Health's Heart & Vascular Institute