Heart Patient Stories

Merle Davis

Ultrasound Technology Saves Bettendorf Man

EKOS system rushed from two states to Genesis.

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Ophelia Brooks

Iowa's First LARIAT Surgery Helps Woman

Ophelia Brooks had a difficult decision to make about treating her atrial fibrillation. She could have a heart surgery to correct the very common condition. But such a surgery would require a longer recovery, and she would have a surgical incision.

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Rex Concannon

Complex Surgery Mends Aortic Dissection

The symptoms that began on a Thursday continued into the weekend, but he decided to spend a couple of nights on his boat anyway. He didn’t give his discomfort much thought. That is, until he mentioned it to a friend on a nearby boat Sunday morning during his morning coffee.

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Subtle Signs Precede Woman's Heart Attack

“My heart attack was a big shock,” Lacina says. “The day before, I felt tightness in my throat at work, and my co-workers said, ‘You should go to the hospital.’ Instead, I went to my car over lunch, took a nap and felt a little better. The next morning, however, I woke up with the same thing. It just got worse.” 

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Diane Smith

Coordination Saves Heart Attack Patient

Diane Smith of rural Grand Mound thought she had the stomach flu. Little did she know it would get far worse. Her heart would stop beating that day. A veteran of one heart attack, the 55-year-old had an inkling she faced more than the flu when she nearly passed out. She called her husband, Allen, inside, laid down on the couch, and felt the telltale signs unfold. More >>

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He's Running with Heart

At age 55, he feels like a teen-ager. His running intensity equals what it was in high school. He has lost 20 pounds, eats a lean diet, and, aspires to run the full Boston Marathon in 2012. It’s hard to believe that just over a year ago; Dave Craddick of Davenport was in a Genesis Operating Room undergoing open-heart surgery.

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