A Heart that Lost Its Rhythm
The longtime owner of a childcare business, Cruz’s left ventricle, the main pumping chamber of his heart, was in trouble. Stretched thin and losing its ability to pump, it was also beating out of rhythm. Without treatment it would threaten his life. “I was down all the time, because my heart was going weak,” he says.
Finding the (heart) beat again
To help Cruz get back up to speed, Providence Heart cardiologist Dr. Aly Rahimtoola prescribed a special pacemaker to synchronize his heart’s electrical system. This helped to reverse the stretching and loss of strength, immediately making Cruz feel better and preventing heart failure. “That helped me a lot,” laughs Cruz. “It got me going real quick. I run around with my kids. I go bowling. I go to birthdays.”
Making the heartbeat wireless
Many people need devices like pacemakers or implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) to synchronize or even restart their heart beats. We Love That! is helping to support clinical trials advancing innovation of these devices, which are much smaller and don’t need wires or electrodes that pass through veins and attach inside the heart.