Quality care for your heart can be life-changing — even lifesaving. That’s why patients from down the street to around the world come to Baptist Health for their cardiovascular care. Our team of heart health experts uses the most advanced techniques and technologies to diagnose and treat the full range of heart conditions.

Many of our patients share how the comprehensive, compassionate services we provide helped them recapture their health and return to daily life. You can read their stories here.

Patient Stories

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Randy Okun

Second Heart Valve Replacement Returns Patient to Active Life

In a perfect world, Randy Okun would be out surfing, on the golf course or somewhere hitting the slopes for an afternoon of skiing. Unfortunately, Mr. Okun was born with a defective aortic valve...

Great Performance: Emergency Surgery Saves Local Theater Legend

A pillar of the local theater scene, Randolph DelLago feared he was facing his final curtain call when he experienced sudden, intense chest pain.
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Cayman Islands Man Back at Work Weeks After Heart Surgery in Miami

When Shane Foster of the Cayman Islands needed highly complex heart surgery late last year to replace a leaky aortic valve, the 59-year-old immediately turned to Baptist Health in Miami.
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Walking Without Pain Gives Boca Raton Woman Her Life Back

A typical day for 86-year-old Mona Schwartz includes time at the pool with friends or a bus ride to do some shopping.
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Gravely Ill A Week Before the Wedding, Did This Patient See His Granddaughter Get Married?

There are some family milestones that you don’t want to miss, like when your granddaughter gets married.
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Innovative Oxygen Therapy Limits Damage from Heart Attacks

Nelson De Jesús recalls his near-fatal heart attack and how the experts at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute used an innovative oxygen therapy to save his life.
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Role Reversal: Life-Saving Care Is Unique Experience for Baptist Health Mariners Hospital Employee

As part of the Baptist Health Mariners Hospital Facilities team, Carlos Benitez has spent years monitoring hospital equipment to prevent its failure and to ensure the safety of patients.
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87-Year-Old Twin Brothers Share Life-Saving, Minimally Invasive Surgeries at Baptist Health Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute

Twin brothers Eduardo and Ignacio Sanchez are 87-years-old and have shared much over their lifetimes including a construction business decades ago.
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College Athlete Gets Back in the Game After Being Sidelined by Rare Vascular Disorder

For Eleni Kytzidis, life is all about sports. “Soccer has meant the world to me ever since I was a little girl,” says the 20-year-old Philadelphia native.
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Innovative Aortic Repair Spares Patients From Grueling Aneurysm Surgery

After surviving two life-threatening aortic dissections, Ted Dienst, M.D., knew he needed careful monitoring.
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After Complex Surgery at Bethesda Hospital East, She ‘Perfectly’ Defeats Rare, Aggressive Neck Tumor

Carolyn Dias-Karch, 34, of Boynton Beach, helps recovering patients get back to independent, fully functioning lives as a physical therapist at Cornell Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine at Bethesda Hospital East.
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Elderly Woman Bounces Right Back After Risky Vascular Surgery

An independent streak and a can-do attitude – a product of her Midwestern Iowa roots, no doubt – have served Myrna Nemzoff well over the years.

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