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Patient stories

  • Living again, thanks to new valve repair option

    When Betty Vaughn started experiencing shortness of breath and fatigue, she refused to accept that it was simply part of getting older. Thanks to new technology in mitral valve repair she has regained her independence.

    TeleHeart brings heart care to rural communities

    Faced with waiting weeks for an appointment or driving 200 miles, Howard Zins appreciates that TeleHeart allows him to meet with a cardiologist in Minneapolis, while not leaving his hometown clinic in New Ulm.

    Unique mitral valve surgery helps police officer return to duty

    Rob Johnston led an active life as a police officer and in his personal life. At the age of 35 he was stunned to find out that he had been living with a mitral valve condition for most of his life.


    R.T. Rybak's second chance

    Today, R.T. Rybak is more focused than ever on his health. While he has made a full recovery from the heart attack, he is being closely monitored by Yale Wang, MD, a cardiologist at Minneapolis Heart Institute®. In addition to prescribing several medicines, Wang helped Rybak integrate cardiac rehabilitation into his regular exercise routine.


    When it comes to heart disease, family history matters

    Last year Matt Hanley sought the advice of John Lesser, MD, a cardiologist at Minneapolis Heart Institute®. After reviewing Hanley's family and personal medical history, Lesser ordered an advanced lipid profile.

    Terry Trippler

    Terry Trippler's success story

    Terry Trippler had a heart problem so he went to Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern to see Dr. Katsiyiannis for an Ablation procedure.

    My story: Matt Bowman

    I am extremely grateful for the Minneapolis Heart Institute having the technology available to detect this type of heart defect, and for the physician's ability and expertise in finding the problem.