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Patients who were diagnosed with heart disease playing outside a AdventHealth Cardiovascular Institute

Real Stories From The Heart

Living proof. It’s right here. Real people who put their trust in our expertise and whole-person care are alive today to share their inspiring stories.

Kim’s Caregiver Story

When Kim and Dan welcomed their first baby, they were quickly faced with the reality of parenting a child with extraordinary needs. At just four months old, Carter had open-heart surgery, and his parents learned to navigate caregiving while also taking care of themselves. Kim's experience serves as a reminder of the resilience and strength caregivers exhibit in the face of adversity.


Savannah's Heart Transplant

Ever since Savannah was 3 years old, she has known she would eventually need a heart transplant. At just 22 years old, she got the call that changed her life forever. Hear how she got the gift of life from one of the top transplant programs in the country.


JEFRË - Cardiac Patient Testimonial

Artist JEFRË launched his public art career after suffering a heart attack in 2008 and having triple bypass surgery at AdventHealth. Showcasing his life journey through his work, JEFRE explores the details from his identity to his struggle with heart disease. JEFRË’s first solo museum exhibition featured tributes to AdventHealth and the medical technology used in his recovery.


Vinny Tapia - Heart Attack Survivor

Vinny was in the process of training for his first appearance on the television show "American Ninja Warrior” when he suffered from a heart attack. Thanks to the care he received at AdventHealth, he was able to get back to training and made it to the show. Today he feels better than ever and shows us that with determination you can conquer anything.


2019 Golden Gala Montage

Vascular diseases can directly impact each and every one of us. It can strike anyone, at any age, at any time. Take it from a few people who've lived this truth.


2019 Golden Gala - Carla Bisanti

Over 1 million people in the US live with limb loss related to a vascular incident. Carla is one of those individuals who has taken what is a tragedy to most and found a way to give back to the community.