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Over 500 TAVR Procedures, One Man’s Story

Over 500 TAVR Procedures, One Man’s Story

In the last six years, James Homire’s heart has caused a lot of health problems.
Beginning in 2010, Homire, 86 and a retired attorney from Eureka, Missouri, has been diagnosed with coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation and aortic valve stenosis; he also has an abdominal aortic aneurysm. All of these conditions can be life threatening,

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ECMO to LVAD to Heart Transplant: John Hamblin’s Race to Recovery

ECMO to LVAD to Heart Transplant: John Hamblin’s Race to Recovery

John Hamblin began running in half marathons—the majority of them in the St. Louis area—when he was in his mid-40s. Then he discovered 50-in-50 clubs, members of which set the goal of running half or full marathons in all 50 states. Hamblin was inspired, and between 2009 and 2015, he ran half marathons in 15

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Blood Clot Threatened First Responder’s Health

Blood Clot Threatened First Responder’s Health

Grant Capel has spent most of his life in excellent health. But in late 2011, he was diagnosed with bladder cancer.
“I had never taken a sick day in my life until I was diagnosed with cancer,” says Capel, who works as a paramedic and firefighter in rural Union County, Illinois. “I wasn’t used to

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Cancer-Fighting Nutrients Featured in Holiday Cookbook

Cancer-Fighting Nutrients Featured in Holiday Cookbook

With all of the parties and treats brought into work, it’s no wonder people have a tendency to gain weight and be thrown off from their regular diet this time of year. Eating healthily around the holidays can be very difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. This holiday-inspired cookbook provides great recipes that are

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Former mayor of Quincy, Illinois, advocates for organ donation after lifesaving transplantation

Former mayor of Quincy, Illinois, advocates for organ donation after lifesaving transplantation

Charles “Chuck” Scholz, 62, of Quincy, Illinois, has always been an active member of his community and served as the town’s mayor for three terms, from 1993 to 2005. After receiving a liver transplant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in early 2015, his community involvement has focused on a specific cause: spreading the word about the lifesaving

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Liver Transplant Means Healthier Days Ahead

Liver Transplant Means Healthier Days Ahead

Nick Elizondo was born with heterotaxy syndrome, a disorder that results in certain organs forming on the opposite side of the body. “My liver was on my left side and disconnected, so surgeons had to reconnect it when I was 9 years old,” Elizondo says. “It was always assumed that at some point I would need

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Two Minimally Invasive Procedures Repair Woman’s Heart

Two Minimally Invasive Procedures Repair Woman’s Heart

When Deborah Hart’s doctor told her she needed heart surgery, she initially found it difficult to believe. Hart, 58, is an active and otherwise healthy person, who had never been diagnosed with a serious illness. “I don’t drink alcohol or smoke. I eat healthy foods. I’ve always exercised regularly. Heart disease was the furthest thing

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Teacher Returns to Classroom 8 Days After Stroke

Teacher Returns to Classroom 8 Days After Stroke

37-year-old Blair Russell was teaching his fifth-graders math, just as he did every day after lunch. Suddenly, something felt off. “I was walking around the classroom. I never sit while I teach, so I was walking around when three fingers on my left hand went numb,” said Russell.
Russell reached for his water and tried

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September Is Aneurysm Awareness Month

September Is Aneurysm Awareness Month

Receiving a diagnosis of a brain aneurysm can be frightening. Although ruptured aneurysms are relatively uncommon, they can cause very serious illness or result in loss of life.
A brain aneurysm is a weak, bulging spot on the wall of a brain artery that is very much like a weak spot on an inner tube

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Sports Medicine Leader in NFL Medical Innovation

Sports Medicine Leader in NFL Medical Innovation

In recent years, the National Football League (NFL) has invested millions of dollars into improving player safety. The effort is in response to research that uncovered the debilitating long-term effects repeated injuries could have on a player’s health.
As part of this initiative, a team led by Matthew Matava, MD, a Washington University orthopedic surgeon

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