Smidt Heart Institute 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.

Larry Lewis laughing in a blue shirt

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 Riding scooter

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.

Woman in kitchen close up

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

Jim calio walking dog

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.