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Heart Patient Stories

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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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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