Theresa Sturgill is enjoying her life these days. She’s doing all the things she loves, including walking, shopping, even traveling to Wichita, Kansas, to visit her son, which is somewhat of a milestone for a woman who felt her life might be ending nine years ago.
An ICD provides immediate therapy for a life-threatening arrhythmia where the heart is beating too quickly or too slowly. ICDs continuously monitor heart rhythms and are programmed to deliver pacing impulses to restore the heart’s natural rhythm, which can, in some cases, avoid the need for a shock. If necessary, however, the ICD will deliver a shock to the heart.
LVADs work by pumping blood from the left ventricle (lower part of the heart) and moving it forward into the aorta, the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. LVADs assist the weakened heart muscle via a pump implanted inside the body. Continue reading →
In recognition of Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month, we’re bringing you love stories about members of our Cardiovascular team, including how they met and fell in love. We think you’ll enjoy getting to know the couples among our faculty and staff!
Drs. Matthew and Jennifer Romano
As a couple, Jennifer Romano and Matthew Romano are close to a match made in heaven. This realization came nearly 10 years after the two first met at the University of Michigan, where they were both doing research during their general surgery residencies.
Matthew, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, and Jennifer, a Michigan native, were acquaintances during that time, but didn’t stay in touch when Matthew went back to California to finish his residency. It wasn’t until he returned to U-M for adult cardiac surgery training that the two became friends. Continue reading →
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