Jess Minot: Genetic Heart Disease. Survivor. Fighter.

Just this one time, Jess Minot didn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. But when she turned 18, she was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, the same condition that ended her mother’s life a decade earlier at the age of 29.

“We know my heart disease is genetic,” says Jess, now a nurse at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Maureen Maguire: Strong Relationships. Strong Heart.


Discovering Her Heart Disease.
The best relationships can stand the test of time. Just ask Maureen Maguire, a heart transplant recipient who began her relationship with Dr. Harvey Waxman at Penn more than 30 years ago.

At age 32, Maureen went into VTAC (ventricular tachycardia), her heart beating at more than 200 beats per minute. Dr. Waxman oversaw her care, managing her disease with a careful balance of medications. “This man is brilliant, extremely humble and I trust him with all things medicine,” Maureen says of her cardiologist.

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Zach Conrad: The Right Place. The Right Time.


Sometimes the balance between life and death hangs on being in the right place at the right time.  Zach Conrad learned that firsthand on June 3, 2012, when he collapsed during a bike ride in front of an ER nurse. For Zach, a 36-year-old finance manager who has just had a heart attack, that ER nurse certainly was at the right place at the right time – when he needed help to save his life.

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DOUG KRAMPEL: LDL Apheresis, a New Look at Life

Doug Krampel LDL Apheresis
Doug Krampel knows his body. So 12 years ago, when he experienced an unusual chest pain while working out, the avid athlete immediately went to his doctor. Although initial testing showed everything was ok, a catheterization revealed he had a 95 percent blockage in one of his main arteries. Read more »

Derek Fitzgerald: Cancer, Heart Transplant, IRONMAN

Silhouette of young man running

Looking at Derek Fitzgerald, you’d say he is the picture of health. In 2012, he competed in 17 endurance races, including marathons, half-marathons and triathlons, followed by an IRONMAN in 2013. But turn the clock back 10 years and the forty-year-old heart transplant recipient was in a race to save his life.

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