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What Is A Heart Transplant?

What Is A Heart Transplant?

Heart transplantation is a remedy for congestive heart failure and end stage heart diease that comes with benefits and risks.

| February 16, 2012 | 6 Comments
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Hiland Transplanted 11-02-09

Hiland Transplanted 11-02-09

After more than two years on the heart transplant wait list, I received the magical gift of a new life from a generous 25-year old donor.

| January 14, 2012 | 9 Comments
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The Heart Biopsy

The Heart Biopsy

Last Friday, I had a heart biopsy.  At this point of recovery, I would normally be on an every six-month biopsy schedule.  The complexity of my transplant calls for a heart biopsy every three months.  Once again, the results were very positive. I mentioned before that I preferred the way Dr. Hoffman of Tampa General […]

| August 3, 2011 | 1 Comments
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The Right Heart Catheterization

The Right Heart Catheterization

While on the waiting list and after the heart transplant, the patient will undergo a series of right heart catheterizations, left heart catheterizations and numerous heart biopsies. From the patient’s perspective, the right heart catheterization and the heart biopsy are strikingly similar. The right heart catheterization and the biopsy can be performed using entry points […]

| July 19, 2011 | 0 Comments
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Your Heart Transplant Team

Your Heart Transplant Team

I have spent three weeks in Albany hospitals. Two of those weeks were at Albany Medical Center. Albany Med used to be a heart transplant center, but due to some irregularities transplants were suspended before I entered end stage heart disease. Staying at Albany Med gave me the opportunity to connect with a local cardiologist […]

| March 4, 2011 | 1 Comments
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Hiland’s Heart Transplant Recovery Continues

Hiland’s Heart Transplant Recovery Continues

I took a bus to a place that left me an eleven minute walk to LifeStyles, my fitness center in Tampa.

| February 28, 2011 | 10 Comments
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November 28, 2009

November 28, 2009

Heart Transplant Journal  By November 28th, 2009, I was in our Tampa Bay apartment resting and recovering from the heart transplant.  I had been released from the hospital 17 days earlier.  Suzanne and I found navigating through the day was filled with prescription medications, five insulin readings and injections of varying magnitudes per day, two […]

| January 16, 2011 | 3 Comments
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April 9, 2010 – Something Goes Awry

April 9, 2010 – Something Goes Awry

There is no good time to be hospitalized.  Generally, weekend nights are the worst times to go to an emergency room.  During my recovery, I have needed to visit the emergency room on three weekend nights.  Those experiences led me to delay my final emergency room visit until a Monday. On weekend nights, the Tampa Bay […]

| January 3, 2011 | 1 Comments
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To My Donor’s Family

We are connected, though never met
For the loss of your son, we share regret
I received his heart, so strong and young
He inspires me, a better man to become

| November 12, 2010 | 2 Comments
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