After spending one hot afternoon mowing the yard, Mary Owens suddenly started experiencing pain down her left arm, and then in her chest. Her husband quickly took her to the hospital, where she stayed for testing and overnight observation. The next day, they were shocked to learn that these were the first symptoms of her … Continue reading Heart attack survivor finds healing through art
I never imagined I’d have a heart attack at age 45. At the same time, I never imagined that kidney stones would alert me to my heart disease and ultimately save my life. For 20 years, I’ve been plagued with recurring kidney stones. In 2016 I was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, requiring at least … Continue reading I never imagined I’d have a heart attack at age 45
Our patients inspire us to get better at our craft every day. Inspired by their stories, we challenged local artists to create unique works of heart. That’s how Tom Henry and Felix Sockwell met — at the intersection of art and medicine. If you were to ask Tom Henry what gets him out of bed in … Continue reading From story to art: After heart attack, Tom is living life to the fullest
Our patients inspire us to get better at our craft every day. Inspired by their stories, we challenged local artists to create unique works of heart. That’s how Tim Gallagher and Jon Flaming met — at the intersection of art and medicine. Tim Gallagher is the first to admit that he is a lucky man. … Continue reading From story to art: How a heart transplant changed Tim’s life
Most people are familiar with the “classic” heart attack symptom — chest pain. But did you know it’s possible to have a heart attack without chest pain? The symptoms of a heart attack aren’t always as obvious as you might expect. While heart attacks often do cause chest pain, some people may not experience any … Continue reading Subtle heart attack signs you should never ignore
As a highly decorated war veteran, Colonel Jim Harding isn’t used to being the one in need of rescue. But when he woke up one day with severe chest pains and trouble breathing, that’s exactly what he needed. Col. Harding had been fighting chest pain for about a year and a half. He had been … Continue reading Decorated war veteran thanks hospital staff for saving his life
You’re likely well aware of the dangers of high cholesterol. Over time, elevated cholesterol — specifically LDL cholesterol, the kind many people refer to as “bad” cholesterol — causes your arteries to harden and narrow. Having high cholesterol can significantly increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. For most adults, less than 200 mg/dl … Continue reading Could low cholesterol actually raise your stroke risk?
Toward the end of my internal medicine training at Baylor Scott & White and just two months before starting my cardiology fellowship training at the University of Oklahoma, my 29-year-old cousin died of cardiomyopathy a week after giving birth. This was not only devastating, but it also made a huge impression on me. It was … Continue reading Why do women wait longer to get help during a heart attack?
Cheryl Sepmoree remembers she didn’t want to go into downtown Dallas to work one Saturday in September 2018. But she had made a commitment, so Cheryl drove into the office. Little did she know that just blocks away, two Dallas firefighter paramedics had an equally strong commitment to their work that day: saving lives. On … Continue reading After heart attack, woman thanks firefighters who saved her life
As a heart surgeon, Baron Hamman, MD, is often the inspirer and encourager for his patients to take better care of their hearts. But something about one patient’s story made him stop and think — was he practicing what he preached? “I saw a little bit of myself in him,” Dr. Hamman said of Dwayne … Continue reading How a patient’s heart attack inspired his heart surgeon to get better