Finding a Heart: New Year, New Heart Episode 3

At 2 a.m. on Dec. 31, 2011, Doug Lyons’ thoughts were drifting. He thought about the Christmas dinner his family had missed when his son Porter was rushed to Cleveland Clinic with a failing heart. He thought of the Cleveland Browns-Baltimore Ravens game he and Porter were planning to attend. Most of all, he hoped … Read More

The Wait: New Year, New Heart Episode 2

“Just waiting, that’s the hardest part,” said Porter Lyons from his bed at Cleveland Clinic in late December. He was waiting for news of a new heart. His was failing because of cardiomyopathy. “You don’t know when it’s going to happen. They can come in any time and say, ‘Hey, we got one for you.’ … Read More

Flight for Life: New Year, New Heart Episode 1

On Christmas Eve 2011, Porter Lyons was spending a quiet holiday playing board games with his family in Garrettsville, Ohio. He had been fighting what he thought was a bad cold or pneumonia. When it got so bad he couldn’t breathe anymore, he knew it was something worse. He told his father, Doug, that he … Read More

New Year, New Heart: A Transplant Story

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. Over the course of a week, his life would change because of a diagnosis of cardiomyopathy, the same diagnosis his father faced 25 years earlier. He and his family … Read More

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Thinking Inside the Box

A new device nicknamed “heart in a box” keeps donor hearts beating long enough to transport them across country. Cleveland Clinic cardiac surgeon Edward Soltesz, MD, who helps test the device, says it may be “a game changer” for transplant patients. Watch the NBC feature: New Device Will Deliver “A Heart in a Box”

Heart Failure Classes Are Helping Many

When patients are diagnosed with heart failure, they learn that they need to make lifestyle changes. Coping with these adjustments isn’t easy. Clinical Nurse Specialist Theresa Cary, MSN, RN, found a way to help. In January, she partnered with a pharmacist and a dietitian to begin teaching classes designed to give heart failure patients the information … Read More

Take Control of Your Heart Failure

Keeping your heart healthy. So much of it comes down to lifestyle choices. Of course, some risk factors such as age and family history cannot be changed. But research tells us that small lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of heart disease and can even reverse the symptoms of heart failure. Heart failure means that … Read More

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One LVAD patient is paying it forward

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. In 2010 at the age of 55, Ms Colvin was given six months to a year to live. She had been in and out of hospitals for … Read More

Cheney Heart Transplant in the News

With the recent heart transplant for former Vice President Dick Cheney, there has been a lot of talk in the news about the procedure and the use of a ventricular assist device (VAD). Cleveland Clinic’s Randall Starling, MD, Section Head Heart Failure & Cardiac Transplant Medicine, provides insight on the topic in this Reuter’s news … Read More