Patient Stories


John's Story

John McDonald, Aortic Aneurysm, Dr. Michael Coady Patient StoryAt just 49 years old, an echocardiogram revealed that John had an aortic aneurysm, or when the aorta enlarges to more than 1.5 times its normal size. Here's his story. 

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Susan's Story

When Susan learned she needed a new heart valve but wasn't a candidate

TAVR Heart Team With Patient

for open heart surgery due to various health factors, she turned to the TAVR team who "made it all seem possible."

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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