Category: Heart & Vascular

Minimally Invasive TAVR Procedure Helped Ruby Feel Like Herself Again

Minimally Invasive TAVR Procedure Helped Ruby Feel Like Herself Again

Ruby Morgan-Dermody, a feisty 89-year-old who exercises daily, thought she was pretty healthy. At a visit to her primary-care physician, Ruby told the doctor she “felt a bit tired, but I’m an old lady!” While listening to Ruby’s heart, her physician told her things weren’t working the way they should. “Sure they are,” she remembers

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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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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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TAVR procedure saves mail carrier’s life

TAVR procedure saves mail carrier’s life

Dyke Foster, 55, a longtime mail carrier from Assumption, Illinois, has had a problematic heart his entire life. Afflicted with a congenital heart condition, he had his first surgery at age six. In 2000, at age 41, a failing heart valve was replaced with a harvested human one. By 2014, this replacement valve was failing,

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Heart transplant success: collaboration saves a life

Heart transplant success: collaboration saves a life

If you ask anyone who was part of Rick Bales’ care team, they’ll all agree his story is rather remarkable. In January, Bales underwent a heart transplant procedure. The surgery only lasted a few hours, but his journey to a new heart began more than two years ago, after he survived a massive heart attack.

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Heart Care for New Moms and Moms-to-Be

Heart Care for New Moms and Moms-to-Be

For pregnant women, the symptoms of heart problems may be indistinguishable from all the other physical changes she undergoes. Shortness of breath, swelling, hypertension, an increased heart rate—all these can be common during pregnancy.
But if these symptoms become pronounced—if swelling is significant, breathing difficulties happen when lying down or shortness of breath comes with

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Heart Attacks and Women: Recognizing the Symptoms

Heart Attacks and Women: Recognizing the Symptoms

Signs of a heart attack may not be as obvious as television shows and movies suggest. There may be no clutching of the chest, no debilitating pain. And that is especially true for women, who are more likely than men to have subtle symptoms, including:

Shortness of breath
Nausea
Vomiting
Dizziness or lightheadedness
Fainting

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Whole grains—more than a heart-health trend

Whole grains—more than a heart-health trend

Most of us know we’re supposed to eat whole grains, but we might not know why. What makes them so special? Can they really deliver on the promises we’ve heard—a longer life, a healthier one? And if all that is true, exactly what should we eat to reap the benefits?
Whole grains are good sources

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