Patient Stories for Cardiovascular Genetics

Heart of the matter

Mark Deakyne was watching a TV comedy with friends when he started laughing hysterically and uncontrollably. Standing up to get a drink, his heart began racing and he became so lightheaded he felt like he might pass out. Scared, Deakyne didn’t say anything to anyone.

UI Cardiovascular Genetics Program identifies cause of family’s rare form of heart disease

Terri Essary and daughter, Sheri Garmone
Heart failure specialists determined that Terri had a condition called left ventricular non-compaction (LVNC), a problem that occurs during the development of the heart.