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Heart Tech Gives Second Chance at Life

On Sept. 14, 2011, Tyrone Morris was having a routine day at work when two men entered the store he managed and robbed him at gunpoint. “I felt my heart drop in that moment,” Tyrone said. “My heart just stopped working.”

And it seemed to never be the same again. Following the burglary, his health started to decline, and one year later he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure requiring emergency surgery to implant one of our pacemakers.

About 12 months after receiving his pacemaker, Tyrone’s heart began retaining fluid – a dangerous complication for someone with congestive heart failure – and his doctors recommended our CardioMEMS HF System. The heart failure monitoring system allows Morris’ doctors to keep a close watch on him, wherever he is.

But even with the pacemaker and CardioMEMS, Tyrone’s heart kept getting worse – he needed a transplant. As a bridge-to-transplant therapy, his doctors implanted our HeartMate 3 Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD). The HeartMate 3 LVAD takes over the pumping function of your heart and can prolong the lives of those waiting for a transplant.

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