Patient Stories

People come from across the region, the nation, and the world seeking care for heart disease at Mount Sinai. Our medical experts use the most advanced methods available to treat a wide range of illnesses, from chronic arrhythmia to a sudden heart attack. Many of our patients have stories that confirm the strong and valued commitment we have to quality care. Read more about their experiences.

Dog-Walking Encounter Leads to Heart-Saving Miracle
November 6, 2020
Finding Expert Cardiology Care at Mount Sinai Results in Happy Ending for National Meteorologist.

Back to the Drums After COVID-19 and Heart Surgery
October 23, 2020
Ed Bettinelli returns to his passion of drumming after recovering from COVID-19 and being the first patient to have robotic bypass surgery after the peak of the pandemic.

From a Pandemic-Mandated Virtual Visit to Mitral Valve Surgery and Back to Workouts
October 9, 2020
Janice Benjamin “loved” David Adams, MD, despite having to meet him by telehealth due to COVID-19. Successful mitral valve surgery followed.

Patient Gets a Second Chance at an Active Life After Heart Attack While Running
September 21, 2020
Verissimo Costa underwent a highly unique procedure, called TECAB, which uses micro-incisions for a quicker recovery and less pain.

Quick Recovery After TECAB, an Advanced Heart Procedure
September 21, 2020
Skip Vichness is back to the golf course after undergoing an innovative, endoscopic robotic heart procedure.

A Tiny Heart. A Big Victory During COVID-19.
September 4, 2020
After spending most of her life as a hospital patient, nine-month-old Baby Alexandra went home with a new heart-one of the few pediatric heart transplants in New York since COVID-19 began.

Overcoming Fears of COVID-19, He Has Life-Saving Heart Surgery 2,500 Miles From Home
August 14, 2020
Hospital Idaho native Jeff Street is back to one of his favorite activities – cycling - after successful aortic valve surgery at Mount Sinai

A Heart Patient and COVID-19 Survivor Donates to Help Others Before His Own Life-Saving Treatment
July 14, 2020
Heart patient Alan Fein was unable to donate a kidney in the past, but having survived COVID-19, he was able to donate plasma, just before his own life-saving heart surgery.

Putting COVID-19 Fear Aside, Chowean Johnson Gets Life-Saving Heart Stent and Feels “Better Than Ever”
July 13, 2020
Chowean Johnson has no regrets about not delaying heart surgery in the midst of a pandemic. His advice? “The consequences outweigh the risk.”

Grandmother Gets a New Heart, and Stays Free of COVID-19, Thanks to Caring and Careful Mount Sinai Team
July 10, 2020
Elma Lowe underwent a heart transplant at Mount Sinai Hospital just as the COVID-19 pandemic was taking hold in NYC. But, thanks to the precautions taken by her medical team, she stayed free of COVID-19 during her months of post-transplant care.

Overcoming Hospital Fears During Pandemic, He Has Timely Heart Intervention
July 6, 2020
Deepak Gulati was frightened to go to the Emergency Department during an apparent heart attack due to concerns about COVID-19. Convinced to go by his wife and cardiologist at Mount Sinai Hospital, he had successful heart surgery just in the nick of time.

Giving Birth and Undergoing Heart Surgery During COVID-19, Mom Grateful to be Reunited with New Daughter and Husband
July 1, 2020
Yulia Nurikyan gave birth to new daughter, immediately followed by successful life-saving heart surgery. Unable to see her new child or husband for a week due to COVID-19 restrictions, she was overjoyed to see them again.

A Multidisciplinary Cardiology Team Removes Massive Aortic Aneurysm
March 29, 2018  
During a routine exam, Claire had an abnormal EKG. Her physician said her condition wasn't life-threatening and advised her to make an appointment with a cardiologist.