LVAD Patient Success Stories
The Henry Ford Heart & Vascular Institute is among the most experienced and most successful programs implanting left ventricular assist devices (LVADs). Our LVAD program has also maintained the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™ since 2008. This advanced certification recognizes our commitment to meeting the highest national safety and quality standards.
Our active participation in research and clinical trials means that we are able to offer the best available devices. This has helped our patients, like those featured in these patient stories, get relief from their advanced heart failure symptoms, and achieve their highest possible quality of life.
When her heart failure symptoms advanced to the point where she could barely breathe or walk, Nancy turned to the experts at Henry Ford Health. Now, she’s running 5Ks.
When faced with advanced heart failure at age 70, Chris chose to have a complex, life-prolonging surgery that included implanting an LVAD. He then proposed to his high school sweetheart.
Dennis arrived at Henry Ford Hospital with heart failure so advanced his team wasn’t sure he’d survive his LVAD surgery. But with the expertise and support of his care team, and thanks to his relentless drive, he’s now living life to the fullest.
A pacemaker at 25. Heart failure at 27. An LVAD implant shortly after that. It was a lot to handle, but with support from her family and Henry Ford team, this mother of four now has more energy and can focus on what matters most.
After a heart attack, stents and more than 20 years of medication, Mr. Clay found himself at Henry Ford Hospital for what he thought was just a referral and more testing. Instead, he received a critical diagnosis and an LVAD implant, which gave him a new lease on life.
When she found herself at Henry Ford Hospital, Janet realized she needed an LVAD implant. With the help of her Henry Ford team, Janet has fought through a number of setbacks, including a shocking new diagnosis, and now focuses on appreciating life.
Chad was shocked when he was diagnosed with heart failure at 34. After being rushed from his mid-Michigan home to Henry Ford Hospital, he underwent a series of procedures that would give him hope for a brighter future.