Heart condition? What you need to know about COVID-19

Update: In addition to cough, fever and shortness of breath, possible symptoms of COVID-19 have been expanded to also include sore throat, weakness, muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of smell or taste, and chills. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please access the free screening questionnaire via MyBSWHealth. Although the COVID-19 virus has not … Continue reading Heart condition? What you need to know about COVID-19

After heart transplant, 24-year-old making every beat count

When then 22-year-old Kennedy Ngungutau began experiencing symptoms of fatigue, shortness of breath and intense coughing, he realized he was very sick. He soon learned that his heart had been attacked by a virus a year earlier, causing it to grow weak. To his surprise, Kennedy was diagnosed with heart failure. Two months later, he … Continue reading After heart transplant, 24-year-old making every beat count

New therapies offer hope for patients living with pulmonary arterial hypertension

When most of us hear “hypertension,” we immediately think of blood pressure issues all over the body. But people with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) have problems in a very specific area: the blood vessels running from the heart to the lungs. With that important highway clogged, they can’t get enough oxygen. To compensate, their blood … Continue reading New therapies offer hope for patients living with pulmonary arterial hypertension

New MRI allows scans of patients with conditional or legacy pacemakers and defibrillators

Many people probably associate MRIs with sports injuries, as they await news of test results that determine how long their favorite athlete will be sidelined. But for more than two decades, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been a crucial tool for cardiologists to examine the heart and vascular system and plan the most effective treatment. … Continue reading New MRI allows scans of patients with conditional or legacy pacemakers and defibrillators

4 discoveries that are transforming heart failure care

Current estimates are that nearly 6.5 million Americans over the age of 20 have heart failure. Public perception is that heart failure occurs when one’s heart stops beating completely. It’s seen as a single point in time when the heart simply fails to operate. The truth is far more complicated. Heart failure is a chronic, … Continue reading 4 discoveries that are transforming heart failure care

After 2 heart procedures, WWII vet shares his incredible story

Doctors and patients forge personal connections in different ways, for different reasons. Molly Szerlip, MD, an interventional cardiologist on the medical staff at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, and Fletcher Harris, a 90-year-old veteran of World War II, found they had a unique bond. Her daughter was about to take an emotional, educational trip to … Continue reading After 2 heart procedures, WWII vet shares his incredible story

Boxing provides strength to woman living with heart condition

When you think of boxing, you may picture the greats duking it out in the middle of a ring. But boxing isn’t just a sport. It’s recognized as a critical part of the rehabilitation process for older adults who are recovering from heart surgery and living with a cardiovascular condition. The bulky battery pack visible on 67-year-old Tarulata Patel’s waist … Continue reading Boxing provides strength to woman living with heart condition

Broken Heart Syndrome: Can you die from a broken heart?

While anyone can face a broken heart, broken heart syndrome (also known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy or stress cardiomyopathy) is a condition almost unique to women between the age of 50-80. The cause of the heart condition is not completely known, but is thought to be triggered by adrenaline which surges in stressful situations. When someone’s … Continue reading Broken Heart Syndrome: Can you die from a broken heart?

Surgeons perform first Total Artificial Heart “bridge to transplant” in North Texas

When Bryan Tyo suffered a heart attack in January, he was too sick to receive a heart transplant. A surgical team at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas instead removed his damaged heart and implanted a total artificial heart, a portable device designed to pump blood throughout the body when both sides of the patient’s … Continue reading Surgeons perform first Total Artificial Heart “bridge to transplant” in North Texas