Tag: heart failure

The gift of life—times three

The gift of life—times three

Last year, Michele Melvin gave birth to healthy twins. A remarkable feat, certainly—as all births are. But for Melvin, the twins represent something bigger, something she thought she would never experience. At an early age, Melvin was told she would not be able to have children.
When she was born, Melvin was diagnosed with complex

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Heart Transplant Gives Marine a New Mission

Heart Transplant Gives Marine a New Mission

James Williams is the kind of guy who has worked at keeping himself in shape. In his line of work, it’s a smart thing to do. A former high-school athlete, Williams served in the Marine Corps Reserve, including a stint in Desert Storm, and spent 23 years in law enforcement.
But in 2007, at age

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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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National Walking Day: One step at a time for your health

National Walking Day: One step at a time for your health

Today is the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day, which encourages everyone to take 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk. We’re sharing the story of Jesus Parrilla, who has become an avid walker while waiting for a new heart.
Jesus Parrilla says exercise has always been a big part of

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Cards fan’s heart is won over by signed baseball

Cards fan’s heart is won over by signed baseball

Stafford (Red) Dilworth is a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fanatic and a patient at the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Heart & Vascular Center. To hear him tell it, he was born straight into Cardinal Nation. He is filled with fond memories of listening to games on the radio with his grandfather when he was just

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VAD Patient’s Batteries Stolen … We Overnight New Ones

VAD Patient’s Batteries Stolen … We Overnight New Ones

Here’s a potentially scary story about one of our patient who literally had his lifeline stolen out from under him.

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VAD Patient's Batteries Stolen … We Overnight New Ones

Ventricular assist devices — or VADs — are amazing pieces of technology that help patients in end stage congestive heart failure keep blood flowing through their bodies after their hearts can no longer do so. They are becoming more common and we now implant over 60 annually.
While Dick Cheney is probably the most famous VAD

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Ventricular assist device keeps man ticking

Yesterday’s Monterey County Herald featured St. Louisan Tom Nichols, who after being diagnosed with congestive heart failure, received a ventricular assist device which has kept his failed heart beating for over two years.
Tom is well known around Barnes-Jewish as he is a mentor to many new patients who are eligible for the technology. He’s an

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Physician of the week: Dr. Alan Braverman

If you’ve ever met Dr. Alan Braverman in person, you might use the following words to describe him: personable, charismatic, and dedicated. As one of the nation’s leading physicians who specialize in Marfan Syndrome, he’s been a lifesaver to hundreds of patients who went undiagnosed for years.
Dr. Braverman discusses how he works side-by-side with

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Study: Healthy Lifestyle Habits Lower Heart Failure Risk

According to a new study of 18,346 Finnish men and 19,729 women, there is a clear connection between between healthy lifestyle patterns and heart failure risk.
The study, published in the new issue of Circulation, says research at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana finds:
-Adults who don’t smoke, maintain a healthy weight, get regular physical

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