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A Renewed Heart

Dedication and determination paid off for David Rosenblatt — after completing cardiac rehabilitation, he no longer needed a heart transplant.

Rosenblatt was rushed into emergency surgery after calcium built up on his aortic valve, resulting in blood pressure so low he barely had a pulse. A left ventricular assist device (LVAD) was implanted in his abdomen to help his heart pump and act as a bridge to a heart transplant.

After recovery, Rosenblatt began cardiac rehabilitation, eventually joining the program at Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital.

A Change of Heart
“Our original goal was to help him get stronger in preparation for a heart transplant,” says Pat Paprocki, R.N., Cardiac Rehabilitation manager at Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital. “As we watched his determination in mind, body and spirit, we saw David set his sights on recovery rather than transplant.”

Now, thanks to Rosenblatt’s hard work and the dedication of the Cardiac Rehabilitation team at Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital, Rosenblatt no longer needs a transplant or his LVAD. His heart is fully functional.

“When you combine a patient who really wants to get better with the skills of this Cardiac Rehab staff, you have a strong team,” says Rosenblatt. “I wanted to see my daughter graduate from high school and walk her down the aisle one day. I knew there was so much more to do in my life.”

For more information on the Cardiac Rehab program at Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital, please call 1-888-4-HARRIS (1-888-442-7747) or visit (Summer 2008)

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