Krick says she feels great. “I sometime wonder, do I really have it [heart failure],” Krick says. I walk about four miles three times a week.”
Freudenberger says teamwork is key to success. “In order to take care of patients with complex medical problems, you really need a team,” he says. “We’re fortunate because we have built a team for treatment of advanced heart failure patients with cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, nurse practitioners, nurses and therapists.”
He added the Heart and Vascular Institute has a full heart failure program that wraps around the patient and can address all their needs. “We also have more advanced heart failure doctors in our organization than anyone else in the area and that allows us to really get the world’s experts in advanced heart failure treatment,” he says.
Institute doctors are invested in their patients and rejoice in great outcomes like Krick’s, says Freudenberger. “There is nothing more exciting and rewarding than being able to feel you’ve contributed to the health and well-being of someone who might not have done well without your help,” he says.
The Heart and Vascular Institute, says Freudenberger, is committed not only to taking excellent care of patients, and teaching, but also to developing the next generation of therapies for patients with heart failure and other heart diseases.
Freudenberger observes that advances in heart disease treatment over recent decades have been "remarkable," and the future remains bright. “We’ve completely changed the disease [heart failure],” he says. “Where it used to be a fatal diagnosis, we now have people who have normalization of heart function. We never used to see that, or it was very rare. That’s only going to continue.”
For Krick, successfully dealing with heart failure and cancer came by way of a combination of expertise and compassion from LVHN. “I had a great team and found them all [LVHN doctors and caregivers] to be personally caring. I never felt like a number in any of it,” says Krick.