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After his heart stopped on Valentine’s Day, Texas man learned he’d need a new heart


Davy Hobson was notorious for last-minute Valentine’s gifts. But on Feb. 14, 2013, he was ahead of the game.

“I’d bought my wife’s gift a day early for the first time since we were married,” he said.

When the home health nurse from Tyler, Texas, left for […]

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Hair dryers, electric drills can cause pacemakers to fail under certain conditions


Hair dryers, electric drills and other household appliances can cause pacemakers to fail under certain circumstances.

A study published Monday exposed 119 people with pacemakers to a variety of electromagnetic fields. It simulated the effects of electric razors, table fans, washing machines, vacuums, mixers, lawn mowers […]

41 years later, bionic baby is a success story


When Shannon Phillips went into pacemaker clinics for checkups over the years, other patients looked at her with puzzled expressions.

“What is this little girl doing here?” their faces seemed to ask.

When Phillips was 7, she would have been there for a follow-up visit after surgery […]

Short episodes of abnormal heart rhythm may not increase stroke risk


People with pacemakers or defibrillators who experience only short episodes of an abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation have a very low risk of stroke, according to a study released Monday.

After analyzing 37,000 ECGs of 5,379 patients over two years, researchers found that long […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: At 11, she’s on her 4th pacemaker; and that’s only part of her story


Ty’Meisha Sloan is much like many 11-year-old girls.

She loves singing, dancing, playing softball and spending time with friends and family in Jacksonville, Florida.

“I’m pretty much going all day,” she said.

But Ty’Meisha has one important difference from her peers. She has a pacemaker.

She’s even unique among […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Reborn’ by a series of procedures, she’s energized to help others


Cristina Civetta was born with a fragile, failing heart. At only 18 hours old, she underwent surgery so that doctors could place a shunt into her heart to improve blood flow.

When she was 19 months old, her lung and heart chambers were filling with fluid. […]

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STORIES FROM THE HEART: Initially reluctant to discuss her heart repairs, she’s since taken her story to Capitol Hill

Kimberly Goodloe knew something was wrong the moment the pain began.

“I came out of a class where I was a substitute teacher and grabbed my chest,” she said. “It was the worst feeling.”

The mother of two headed down the hall to the school nurse, who told her she needed […]

New leadless pacemaker safe, reliable

A new self-contained leadless cardiac pacemaker is a safe and reliable alternative to conventional pacemakers, according to research presented this week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

The new device reduces complications that have existed over the last 50 years that are associated with lead placement and performance […]

November 20th, 2014|Categories: Health|Tags: , |1 Comment

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Since heart attack, she ‘learned to cook instead of smoke,’ runs half-marathons

About midnight after a nice Thanksgiving dinner, Jodi Pitzen began sweating.

“There was nothing I could do to cool off,” she said. “Then I felt a little bit of nausea. I turned on the fan, but nothing was working. I could not stop sweating.”

After getting some water, she headed back […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Philanthropists’ devotion straight from the heart, his and hers

Jane Golub is one active 75-year-old. She walks stairs, plays golf and follows her gym workout routine.

So last winter, when Jane arrived at the top of the 47 stairs at the Rensselaer, New York, train station struggling to breathe, it gave her husband, Neil, pause for concern.

“I first became […]