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  • Breathing Easier

    Breathing easier

    Del Salter of Blaine, Minnesota is one of the five million people in the United States who has heart failure. Every day, he takes twelve medications. Despite that, he felt tired and weak and had trouble controlling his weight from fluid build-up due to a weak heart pump.

    Jim Brunelle

    Young and alive again

    Jim Brunelle was 57 when he underwent a quadruple bypass surgery for blockages in his heart.

    Garry Frankel

    Shocked by specialized cardiac care

    Garry Frankel, a 55 year-old photographer from Winnipeg, Canada, was visiting Minnesota for an international youth soccer tournament when on July 19, 2009, he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest in his motel room. His wife woke up at 1 a.m.

    Time is muscle

    Steve Q. was a previously healthy 49-year-old man when he got out of bed to use the bathroom in the middle of the night and then suddenly collapsed without warning. His wife awoke from sleep to find him unconscious.

    Moving to a steady beat

    Joan Vasseur was a 54-year-old busy career woman when she started to experience atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder that affects 2.3 million Americans each year. Each time she had atrial fibrillation she experienced fluttering in her chest.