Explore this JAMA Cardiology series devoted to telling stories about having heart disease, the joys and challenges of caring for cardiac patients, and truths discovered along the way.
This personal narrative describes a physician’s experience of preparing a video of an echocardiogram for the child of a dying parent.
This essay describes the author’s challenges in predicting treatment courses for patients.
This essay describes 2 decades of life with an implantable pacemaker-defibrillator, including the author’s loss of all underlying heart rhythm.
This essay describes a physician’s experience with making alterations to a patient’s do-not-resuscitate order.
This essay describes a physician’s experience treating a young woman with myocardial infarction.
This article describes how a patient supported a physician who was processing his son’s death.
This first-person narrative includes the perspectives of a cardiology fellow, an attending physician, and a patient awaiting a heart-liver transplant on the experience of waiting for organs to become available.
This article describes the death of an 87-year-old woman during surgery and suggests possible improvements to end-of-life decision making in this context.
This essay describes the author’s experience with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome and how it has translated to her medical career.
This personal essay recounts an example of the complexities of informed consent.
This personal essay recounts the lethal cardiac event of a first-year medical student’s landlord and downstairs neighbor.
This From the Heart describes a resident balancing his health issues with a pacemaker and clinical responsibilities.
This essay describes the opportunity physicians have to connect with patients as they undergo a sheath hold.
This From the Heart describes a patient with fibrosis who remained her primary advocate through her end of life.
This poem is a reflection on ventricular fibrillation.
This essay is a reflection on experiencing a cardiac event.
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