Organ-donor-TBE

February 14 is National Donor Day, Too

Tags: bone marrow transplant, cleveland clinic, heart and vascular institute, heart transplant, kidney transplant, lung transplant, organ donation, organ doner, transplant, valentine's day 2013

It seems appropriate that Valentine’s Day – the day to celebrate love and affection – is also National Donor Day. Find out what you can do to help others.

blue heart

Today’s Artificial Hearts Go With the Flow

Tags: discover, heart failure, heart surgery, heart transplant, innovation, VAD

Today’s continuous flow ventricular assist devices (VADs) offer hope to late-stage patients who cannot receive or gain access to a donor heart.

Rowdy Hearts Team

Walking With Rowdy Hearts

Tags: heart failure, heart transplant, news, patient story

The RowdyHearts team adds a wild side to LifeBanc's annual Gift of Life Run/Walk. Eleven heart transplant recipients walk with friends and family to celebrate organ donation and raise funds for the local nonprofit.

Frank Bianchi and Holly Mulkerin

Heart Transplant Recipients Help Others on the Wait List

Tags: heart failure, heart surgery, heart transplant, patient story, support

Waiting may be the hardest part. That’s why heart transplant recipients Holly Mulkerin and Frank Bianchi reach out to patients on the organ transplant list and offer support.

Red Hearts275

Back From the Brink. But Why?

Tags: Dr. Randall Starling, heart failure, heart transplant, patient story

Most people on a heart transplant list won't get better on their own, but one young man came back from the brink. Transplant cardiologist, Randall Starling, MD, asks how.

The Lyons family

Going Home: New Year, New Heart Episode 7

Tags: dilated cardiomyopathy, heart disease, heart failure, heart transplant, Porter Lyons, VAD

As the Lyons family prepared to go home, they faced the reality that their youngest son, Harper, would need to be watched closely for cardiomyopathy. Fortunately, they had an entire community behind them.

Porter recovers

The Recovery: New Year, New Heart Episode 6

Tags: dilated cardiomyopathy, heart disease, heart failure, heart transplant, Porter Lyons, VAD

Somebody else’s heart was beating inside Porter Lyons’ chest. Six days after his surgery, Porter was having a little trouble wrapping his mind around that concept. It would take some time to sink in. So would the next steps.

Delivering good news

The Importance of Organ Donation: New Year, New Heart Episode 5

Tags: dilated cardiomyopathy, heart disease, heart failure, heart transplant, Porter Lyons, VAD

Awe. Thankfulness. Those feelings came to Karen Lyons when surgeon Nicholas Smedira, MD, walked into the waiting room early on New Year’s Eve to announce that her son Porter’s new heart was beating.

Starting a new heart

Starting a Heart: New Year, New Heart Episode 4

Tags: dilated cardiomyopathy, heart disease, heart failure, heart transplant, Porter Lyons, VAD

Within a week of Porter Lyons arriving at Cleveland Clinic, a search team found him a new heart. A few hours later, Porter’s second chance began with his first new heartbeat.

Dr. Nicholas Smedira

Finding a Heart: New Year, New Heart Episode 3

Tags: dilated cardiomyopathy, heart disease, heart failure, heart transplant, Porter Lyons, VAD

While Ohio teen Porter Lyons waited with his family, doctors searched for a new heart to replace his. His girlfriend would deliver the news — just as his mother had for his father 25 years earlier.