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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.


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.


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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.


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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.


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The Wait: New Year, New Heart Episode 2

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

The story of Ohio teen Porter Lyons' cardiomyopathy and heart transplant continues. In this episode, doctors search for a new heart while a family learns that waiting is the hardest part.


Lyons family at Cleveland Clinic

Flight for Life: New Year, New Heart Episode 1

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

On Christmas Eve 2011, high school senior Porter Lyons couldn’t breathe or slow his racing heart — which was twice as large as it should be because of cardiomyopathy. His heartwarming transplant story starts here.


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New Year, New Heart: A Transplant Story

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

On Christmas Eve 2011, high school senior Porter Lyons couldn’t breathe or slow his racing heart, which was twice as large as it should be because of cardiomyopathy. Watch and read his inspiring heart transplant story in our seven-part series.


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One LVAD patient is paying it forward

Tags: heart failure, heart transplant, LVAD, patient story, VAD

Barbara Ann Colvin of Columbus, Ohio, calls herself the “LVAD Diva” and says she is on a journey to help the disadvantaged take charge of their lifestyle choices.