Heart Patient Stories

Patients of all ages come to Cedars-Sinai for expert heart care and medical treatment. Learn about how they partner with physicians and care teams to address routine checkups and screenings, protect their hearts and  treat chronic illnesses.

By age 29, David Brown desperately needed a heart transplant. But first, he had to wait more than a year—and be 400 miles from home.

In one year, Erika Heranic survived a heart attack, cardiac arrests, stroke, life with a left ventricular assist device and a heart transplant. How'd she do it? One step at a time.

Robert Hill was used to taking care of others. Then came a shocking diagnosis and a new perspective on life.

A retired educator and Marine tapped deep reserves of strength to survive heart failure. Now he has a new heart and teaches his brand of resilience to the next generation.

Lara Borda has become more active since her heart surgery. Her parents can now rest assured that the team at the Guerin Family Congenital Heart Program will help her stay on the road to a long and healthy life.

Despite years of struggle, Barbara Fleeman didn't give up on getting a correct diagnosis

Jim Calio was having an ordinary day until he walked up a flight of stairs and nearly passed out.

Mike Peck runs marathons, earned a black belt, and competes in triathlons. Born with a heart defect, he's also had five surgeries.