Heart transplant gives Centerville man second chance at life

Mike Symanow now runs marathons after receiving a heart transplant six years ago. (Todd Jackson/Staff) More Info

The heart that pounds in Mike Symanow’s chest while he runs isn’t his own.

Six years ago, the 31-year-old Centerville man received a heart transplant and is now committed to leading an active lifestyle. Competitive running is his sport of choice.

“I want to live every day to the absolute fullest. Basically, I want to explore the world, go off and pretty much pursue my hobbies,” Symanow said.

At an early age, Symanow was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a heart disease that increases the size of the organ until it can no longer function. A heart transplant performed at the Cleveland Clinic in 2010 saved his life.

“I remember waking up and one of the first things I noticed was, I was warm … I was genuinely warm for one of the first times ever,” Symanow said. Continue reading
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