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.

Heart Patient Travels From Dominican Republic to Mount Sinai Morningside for Bloodless Surgery That Honors His Beliefs
August 26, 2021
Rolando Perez recovered quickly from a complex triple bypass surgery performed by John Puskas, MD and Omar Lattouf, MD, PhD.

Dad Gets New Heart and Recovers in Time for Father’s Day Celebration
August 20, 2021
Congenital heart disease patient undergoes successful transplant performed by world-renowned team at Mount Sinai Hospital

Mount Sinai Heals One of Their Own With Advanced Atrial Fibrillation Therapy
July 26, 2021
Advent National Clinical Trial Launched in New York City at Mount Sinai; immunologist Sergio Lira, MD, one of first participants, is successfully treated.

Don’t Delay When It Comes to Your Heart Says Mount Sinai Cardiologist
June 29, 2021
Eric Masella recovers from life-threatening heart failure at Mount Sinai thanks to quick action by Anu Lala, MD.

Gospel Singer Gets Her Heart Health Under Control at The Mount Sinai Hospital
June 11, 2021
After a heart failure diagnosis, medical treatments and a program of lifestyle modifications helped Tameeka Edwards get heart healthy.

Staten Island Grandmother Undergoes Rare Heart Surgery at Mount Sinai—And Recovers for Mother’s Day
June 1, 2021
Aortic surgeons at Mount Sinai Heart Morningside proceed with minimally invasive method to treat life-threatening aortic aneurysm

A Congenital Heart Disease Patient Puts His Trust in Mount Sinai
May 25, 2021
After three open heart surgeries for Michael Pernick, Mount Sinai Cardia Catheterization Lab experts performed a successful minimally invasive valve replacement.

Grateful Mount Sinai Patient Speaks Out for Heart Health in the Black Community
April 19, 2021
Sharon Bond received reassuring second opinion from experts at the Helmsley Center for Electrophysiology at Mount Sinai Hospital

Feeling “Blessed” for Life-Saving Heart Transplant Amid Pandemic, Thanks to Team at The Mount Sinai Hospital
March 26, 2021
After successfully recovering from a 10-hour surgery performed by Anelechi Anyanwu, MD, Rovin Mahadeo was grateful to celebrate his 40th birthday

Patient with Congenital Heart Disease Beats the Odds, and Has Her Dream Wedding
March 15, 2021
Thanks to expert care by Mount Sinai Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center’s medical team, Ana Ortiz is living a full and active life.

Stroke Survivor Shares His Message: Do Not Put Your Health on Hold
March 15, 2021
Successful open-heart surgery performed at Mount Sinai Morningside by Omar Lattouf, MD, PhD averts a catastrophic event

Rare Heart Condition Peripartum Cardiomyopathy in New Mom Successfully Treated at The Mount Sinai Hospital
February 25, 2021
Twins thriving after NICU stay and mom doing well with medication and diet changes, overseen by heart expert, Anuradha Lala, MD.

10-Year-Old Thriving After “Ross Procedure” at Mount Sinai Hospital Repairs Congenital Heart Condition
February 18, 2021
After researching diligently, parents discovered world leader in aortic reconstructive surgery, Ismail El-Hamamsy, MD

Skilled Cardiac Care at Mount Sinai Leads to Quick Recovery From Pulmonary Embolism
February 1, 2021
Receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) therapy, Maya Thornton goes from dire condition to a full recovery.

After Successful Mitral Valve Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital, She Reaches Every Goal, Including Turning 60
January 14, 2021
To find the best possible care, doctors, friends, and even a hospital CEO were consulted; all pointed to David Adams, MD, and team.

Trust in Mount Sinai Health System Adult Congenital Heart Disease Experts Helps Patient Navigate High-Risk Pregnancy
January 11, 2021
Natalie Muniz delivered a healthy baby safely thanks to treatment from Ali Zaidi, MD and team. 

Heart-Bypass Patient Climbing High Thanks to Mount Sinai Cardiac Surgeon, John Puskas, MD
December 9, 2020
Arun Sinha hiked 100 miles along the Appalachian Trail after recovering from open heart surgery.

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.

As COVID-19 Restrictions Ease, Grateful Heart Patient Receives Urgent Surgery
June 8, 2020
Thomas Marshall, 65, was planning to have coronary artery bypass surgery at Mount Sinai Morningside in early April due to signs of worsening coronary artery disease. But those plans were derailed when the COVID-19 pandemic forced New York hospitals to close down non-emergency services for anything but treatment for the virus.

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.