Patient Stories

New Ultrasound Technology Saves Pulmonary Embolism Patient

EKOS system rushed from two states to Genesis More >>

Women’s Choice Award As One of America’s Best Heart Care Hospitals

The Genesis Heart Institute is a winner of the Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals in Heart Care.  More >>

Fast Response to Heart Attacks

During a heart attack, lost time means lost heart muscle. Every minute is crucial to restoring blood flow to the blocked artery.  The heart experts at Genesis have a track record of success and consistently respond to heart attacks far faster than the national standard of care.  More >>

Genesis Heart Team Performs First LARIAT Procedure in Iowa

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. More>>

Heart Surgery Close To Home

Dale Long always knew that one day his heart would pay for the childhood bout with rheumatic fever he had as a boy. A reoccurrence of the fever hospitalized him for two months as a young adult.  One day, doctors told him, he could suffer heart valve problems as a result.  More >>

Complex surgery at Genesis 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. More >>

Heart Attack Symptoms More Subtle In Women

“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.”  More >>

Helping Heart Attack Patients Across Region

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 >>

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.  More >>

A New Way to Implant Heart Rhythm Devices

Five years ago, when the 41-year-old White learned she needed a pacemaker, her thoughts immediately turned to those evening fashions that show off a woman's bare shoulders. Could she ever again wear strapless gowns, dresses with halter straps or even tank tops if she had an incision scar and the telltale lump from an implanted pacemaker?  More >>

Helping High-Risk Heart Patients

At many other heart centers, 76-year-old Alice White of DeWitt might have been out of luck.  The three major arteries of her heart had challenging blockages, including one that was beyond repair. Along with her other health issues, her weak heart made the risks of coronary artery bypass surgery or balloon angioplasty excessively high.  More >>

Two Hearts Beat as One

Marvin and Florence Reddick have both undergone Phase 2 Cardiac Rehabilitation at Genesis in their years of fighting heart disease together. Here, they exercise under the supervision of Brenda Flack, R.N., at the Genesis Heart Institute. More >>

Women: Listen to Your Heart

Jeanne Stoltz of Bettendorf thought of every excuse in the book to explain away her symptoms of heart attack.  Her nauseous stomach was probably the flu. Her constant shortness of breath was the result of years of smoking, even though she had quit years earlier. Her shoulder ached and pain radiated down her arm but, then again, she had a bad left shoulder.  More >>


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