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Spectrum Health Meijer Heart Center

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In the balance

Blindsided by a life-threatening diagnosis, a Central Michigan University student beats the odds and lives to receive a heart transplant.

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‘Our only salvation’

A lung transplant saved his life. Now, he is determined to make the most of his second chance.

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‘This is not going to stop me’

When severe chest pain turned out to be an aortic dissection, Kim Lautner underwent a new procedure to repair the tear in her blood vessel.

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‘Just short of a miracle’

When Michael Travis suffered a sudden heart problem, quick action—and the instant availability of an AED unit—made all the difference.

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‘It’s a wonder I’m alive’

When Lester Cramer developed a blockage in his carotid artery, his surgeons used a new technique shown to reduce risk of strokes.

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‘God was looking out for me’

“It’s a miracle,” says Jack Hofstra, 92, after he got a new heart valve through a minimally invasive procedure.

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‘A year later—and here I am’

Nick Paradiso blamed allergies for his breathing troubles. A quick trip to the ER revealed something more concerning.

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‘Just a lucky guy’

After treatment for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, James Gilleland says he feels better than he has in 20 years.