Patient Stories

More Oregonians trust OHSU with their heart and vascular health. Here are a few stories from patients like you.


Don TAVR - Aortic Stenosis

I had acute aortic stenosis. A normal heart valve is about the width of a quarter: Mine was a centimeter. My doctor said I should have open heart surgery, but I wanted to explore other options. A friend of mine had recently had transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and said great things about it. Read more



Patient Story Photo of Wesley

Wesley was diagnosed with heart failure at age 29. Learn how OHSU's multidisciplinary heart team is helping Wesley stay healthy and active while he waits for his heart transplant.



Mark - Patient Story

I'm normally very active, but I was having problems with daily activities. That's when my cardiologist suggested cardiac rehab at OHSU. 



Patient story: Tom

A year ago, I had just finished jogging with my daughter and she was driving me home in the car when I had a heart attack. I didn't have any of the warning signs: I just slumped over.



Susan's Story

When I was born, I had Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart condition. I had two heart surgeries, one when I was two months old and then open heart surgery when I was 14. When I moved from Alaska to Oregon, I needed to find a cardiologist. My doctor in Alaska was trained at OHSU, and so I knew it was a good place to go. More


Jim Zupancic's OHSU Heart & Vascular Care Story

About a year ago, I suffered a heart attack - 99 percent of my lateral descending artery was blocked. I was taken to a local hospital, where I received a stent that saved my life. But afterwards I continued to suffer heart pain. I was referred to Dr. Joaquin Cigarroa at OHSU. More


Ann LaGrande - My OHSU Story

My heart wasn't beating effectively, so I decided to find out what was going on. I was referred by my family doctor to Dr. Cigarroa at OHSU. More



“I can’t possibly be having a heart attack,” said Miguel Martinez, when chest pain kept him up one night. But the pain wasn’t going away. More


Aki - From the Heart - OHSU Cardiology Patient Story

As an Aikido instructor, Aki is a master at self-defense. But one day after teaching class in his Southwest Portland studio, he felt a sharp pain in his chest. Suddenly he faced a new and deadly opponent.



Mary Lewis - OHSU Cardiology Patient Story

Some of the most amazing places in life can only be found by following your heart. For sculptor Mary Lewis, one of those amazing places is OHSU.