Items Tagged ‘heart transplant’

Moving Forward

March 4, 2019

Moving Forward

By uclahealth uclahealth

“It all started with a cough,” says Carlos Garcia, who came to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on the recommendation of his cardiologist in 2009. “They told me my heart was very weak and starting to stop. I had a pacemaker put in in 2012, but I still would need a heart transplant. I was […]

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Tags: cardiologist, cough, featured, heart transplant, pacemaker, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


January 2, 2019

Triple Transplant, Triple Kidneys

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“I have three kidneys,” says Wayne Darrington, a heart, lung and kidney transplant patient from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. “I feel so grateful and blessed to be alive and thriving. I had amyloidosis (a buildup of amyloid proteins in organs), which affects about 50,000 people worldwide. In my case it started attacking my lungs […]

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Tags: amyloidosis, congestive heart failure, featured, heart transplant, kidney transplant, lung transplant, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


Human Being at UCLA Health

January 2, 2019

Human Being at UCLA Health

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“Having heart disease is not easy, and finding out the only cure is a heart transplant is really difficult,” says 24-year-old Iris Franco, who received a heart transplant at 16 years old at UCLA Health. “My younger sister became ill when she was 10 years old. They discovered she suffered from restrictive cardiomyopathy, and they […]

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Tags: featured, heart disease, heart transplant, restrictive cardiomyopathy


December 17, 2018

Heart, lung transplant recipients and families gather to celebrate gift of life

By Amy Albin amyalbin

Sean Keoni Craig never could have imagined he would be a guest at the UCLA Heart and Lung Transplant holiday party held in early December. After all, it was only in September that the Hawaii resident traveled to California to celebrate his 52nd birthday at Disneyland. Before he made it to the amusement park, however, […]

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Tags: Dr. Abbas Ardehali, Dr. Joseph Lynch III, heart and lung transplantation, heart transplant, lung transplant, organ donor


October 17, 2018

Former Bruin football player tackles life following heart transplant

By Amy Albin amyalbin

A lifelong athlete, Michael Coulter shares advice on getting through a major health hurdle As a defensive back on UCLA’s 1976 Rose Bowl championship football team, Michael Coulter went on to play professionally with the Oakland Raiders. Later, after leaving football, he would rejoin his alma mater and begin a 20-year career with the UCLA […]

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Tags: atrial fibrillation, Bruin football, congestive heart failure, Dr. Eugene DePasquale, Dr. Mario Deng, exercise, heart transplant, hospitalization, surgery, UCLA Bruins


Adventures in Knowledge

June 13, 2018

Adventures in Knowledge

By uclahealth uclahealth

“Letting people know what therapies are available is critical because if the patient considers these therapies too late they may not qualify,” says Dr. Eugene DePasquale, associate director in the Advanced Heart Failure, Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program attending the annual UCLA Heart Failure Symposium. “This event focuses on treatments for heart failure, […]

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Tags: advanced heart failure, Dr. Eugene DePasquale, heart failure, Heart Failure Symposium, heart transplant, Mechanical Circulatory Support Program


Snoopy Dog Dance for Transplant

June 13, 2018

Snoopy Dog Dance for Transplant

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“It will be my one-year anniversary on June 6, which is my father’s birthday,” says Laurie Grand Pre, a heart transplant recipient. “He passed away at the same age that I got my heart. I have a family history of cardiomyopathy, or an enlarged heart. I had three open-heart surgeries before getting the call that […]

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Tags: cardiomyopathy, featured, Heart Failure Symposium, heart transplant, open heart surgeries, patient story


Prioritizing Second Chances

June 13, 2018

Prioritizing Second Chances

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I received a heart transplant in March 2016 after dealing with heart failure for 25 years,” says Daniel Wickstrom, pictured with wife Kimberly Wickstrom. “I had cardiomyopathy, or an enlarged heart. My heart did pretty well for 20 years, and then I went into end-stage heart failure and I came to UCLA Health.” Kimberly says, […]

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Tags: cardiomyopathy, end-stage heart failure, enlarged heart, featured, heart failure, Heart Failure Symposium, heart transplant, patient story


Better than a pit crew: UCLA

March 24, 2016

Better than a pit crew: UCLA

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It’s two different stories for two different children,” says Jeremy Ellertson, father of 11-year-old Christian and 3-year-old Christopher. Both children suffered from a heart disease present at birth. Jeremy continues, “Christopher got sick at a month old and received a heart transplant 24 days after being put on the list. Christian received his heart transplant […]

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Tags: featured, heart disease, heart transplant, pediatric heart disease, pediatric heart transplant, transplant