March 8, 2024

Mary Hanel

Mary Hanel underwent bypass surgery in 1985 at age 46 after suffering a heart attack. After her surgery, she never quite felt like herself. She completed cardiac rehabilitation to regain her strength, which allowed Mary to enjoy life again. But then she began experiencing symptoms of heart failure. Depleted of energy, Mary ultimately limited her activity and exercise and had gained a considerable amount of weight.

In 2017, her cardiologist discovered major blockages in her arteries again, and while bypass surgery was recommended, ultimately the surgery was deemed too high-risk. She continued with heart medication and worked hard to lose 60 lbs over the next year. In 2018, Mary was 80 when she began experiencing pain in her chest and arms, and the overall exhaustion had taken over. Her cardiologist decided to insert the Impella CP® heart pump to support her heart function while he performed a Protected PCI and placed stents. Mary walked out of the hospital the next day. She felt better that day than she had in 40 years. Today Mary’s family and friends try to keep up with her during their daily 3.5 mile walk around the lake and Mary also works out with her “Silver Sneakers” group three times a week. Mary is thankful to have her energy back and feels blessed to have become a great grandmother in 2023.


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