In 1982, Heidi Dohse was diagnosed with a rare heart arrhythmia and underwent a successful AV ablation procedure leaving her heart 100% pacemaker dependent. Due to pacemaker lead extraction complications in 2006, she experienced reduced heart muscle function and was diagnosed with heart failure. After Heidi had open-heart surgery in 2010, and with the help of her pacemaker data, wearable devices, and mobile apps, she had the insights she needed to get from the hospital bed to the finish line of her first bike race. Since then, she has completed multiple road and mountain bike endurance races in many countries. Most recently, she crossed the finish line of IRONMAN Arizona in November 2019.
Heidi is passionate about improving patient outcomes and uses her athletic events to inspire people living with heart issues. She partners with physicians and researchers worldwide to provide insights regarding the patient experience and ideas for engagement. She travels globally, educating audiences on digital health, data, and healthcare. Heidi recently retired from her position as Sr. Program Manager for Google Cloud Healthcare & Life Sciences organization to focus on her non-profit organization Tour de Heart.
She is a member of the MDIC Science of Patient Input working group, selected as a member of the NESTcc Active Surveillance Methodology Working Group, and Heart Rhythm Society’s Cardiovascular Digital Health Journal editorial board.