Tag: heart transplant

Former heart transplant patient helps others

Former heart transplant patient helps others

Yesterday, Gene Ridolfi, MHA, RN, executive director of the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center, was invited to speak at the dedication of a new apartment in St. Louis dedicated to transplant patients. A heart transplant recipient at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Larry Bonds created a foundation to fund community initiatives such as apartments for patients who

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National Walking Day: One step at a time for your health

National Walking Day: One step at a time for your health

Today is the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day, which encourages everyone to take 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk. We’re sharing the story of Jesus Parrilla, who has become an avid walker while waiting for a new heart.
Jesus Parrilla says exercise has always been a big part of

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Cheney Transplant No Longer Uncommon

Cheney Transplant No Longer Uncommon

It was no secret that former Vice President Dick Cheney has had longstanding, serious heart problems. He went public about a year ago with news that a left ventricular heart assist device (VAD) had been implanted in his chest.
But the public and transplant world were surprised to find that Cheney had undergone a heart transplant last

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Cheney Transplant No Longer Uncommon

Cheney Transplant No Longer Uncommon

It was no secret that former Vice President Dick Cheney has had longstanding, serious heart problems. He went public about a year ago with news that a left ventricular heart assist device (VAD) had been implanted in his chest.
But the public and transplant world were surprised to find that Cheney had undergone a heart transplant last

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VAD Patient’s Batteries Stolen … We Overnight New Ones

VAD Patient’s Batteries Stolen … We Overnight New Ones

Here’s a potentially scary story about one of our patient who literally had his lifeline stolen out from under him.

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New Videos Share Story of Barnes-Jewish Heart Transplant Recipient

What’s it like for a pilot to not only deliver a donated heart to the hospital … but a donated heart that saves your boss’ life as well?
That’s the story of Arlene Thomas, who in July of 2010 received a donor heart courtesy of a pilot from the company she owns, Fostaire Helicopters of

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Research sheds light on heart transplant longevity

Research sheds light on heart transplant longevity

Nick Belfiglio was 55 when he had his heart transplant at Barnes Hospital. The hospital’s program had just started. Doctors hoped his transplant would buy Nick five more years of life. They undershot a little.
Twenty-six years later,  Nick is doing well. But don’t blame the doctors for underestimating, says Dr. Greg Ewald, medical director of

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Long-term transplant survival: An answer to a 24-year-old question

Long-term transplant survival: An answer to a 24-year-old question

A quick history lesson before we tell you about Cindy Conrad:
Organ transplant was first attempted in the 1950s. At first, the only transplants performed were living donor kidney transplants between identical twins, who, being genetically identical, were automatically a perfect match.
In the 1960s and 1970s, surgeons tried other types of transplants. But steroids,

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31 Days of Health – Tips #1 & #2

Happy New Year, everyone!
One of the first things I did yesterday was check my horoscope. It’s a fun thing to do, and I don’t take it too seriously – I cherry-pick the predictions that are positive and run with those.
One of those positive predictions was related to fitness. It pretty much mapped out

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The best of transplant 2011 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital

The best of transplant 2011 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital

In the season of giving, as our gift to you, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite transplant stories from the Washington University- Barnes-Jewish Hospital Transplant Center in 2011. Enjoy these two for starters:
First, the story of someone who gave the gift of life, and in doing so, got a gift of his own. From March, here’s the story

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