• patient glen on lake

    Atrial Fibrillation Doesn’t Always Hurt. Here’s Why You Need to Take It Seriously.

    August 23, 2023

    He’d felt a similar sensation before, but usually just for a minute or two. This time it persisted. He happened to have a pulse oximeter nearby, and he put it on his finger while he was still seated. His heart rate kept rising: 150, 160, 170. He called to his wife in the other room. “...

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  • patient Deputy Hubbard

    Deputy Breathes Easier Following Treatment for Pulmonary Embolism

    March 21, 2023

    Harris County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Raymond Hubbard has faced many situations that have left him breathless over his 25-year career in law enforcement. But last February, walking up his stairs at his home in Richmond to play with his then 2-year-old daughter, he couldn’t breathe and...

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  • patient Carol Cordell

    MitraClip Restores Active Lifestyle for Energy Corridor Senior

    February 22, 2023

    By June, following a transesophageal echocardiogram, in which an ultrasound probe is deployed down the throat to get a closer look at the heart, Dr. Dadu confirmed what he had suspected – Cordell was suffering from mitral valve regurgitation.

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  • Patient Jason Belin

    Firefighter Receives Leadless Pacemaker

    September 21, 2022

    Jason Belin faces dangerous situations regularly. The 45-year-old Pearland resident works as a firefighter for the Houston Fire Department at Station 102 in Kingwood. But during a training session in June at the Department’s Fire Academy, Belin experienced something scarier than the situati...

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  • Darrel smiling at camera

    Heart Attack Patient’s Wife Wasn’t Ready to be a Widow

    August 23, 2022

    Darrel Sisson believed he was the picture of health. The 65-year-old north Houston resident had been lifting weights and doing aerobic exercise for 38 years, frequently rode his bike on 10- mile trips, meditated regularly and rarely took any medication. So, when he felt tired and not himself on t...

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  • Susan

    Transcarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR) to Prevent Strokes

    July 12, 2022

    “Mrs. Voss had a symptomatic severe stenosis in her right carotid artery, which was the source of her stroke,” Dr. Saqib said. “The severe blockage placed her at a higher risk of a recurrent stroke. We needed to intervene to prevent another, potentially severe, stroke. The highe...

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  • heart patient with family in hospital bed

    Heart Valve Procedure Restores Life

    April 25, 2022

    On March 3 of this year, Simien, under general anesthesia, had a MitraClip device inserted through a catheter, or hollow tube, and threaded to his heart from the femoral artery in his groin. Using real-time images produced by ultrasound and X-ray technology in the catheterization lab at Memorial ...

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  • Karen with her husband

    Hernia Repair Surgery Restores Normal Eating, Sleeping and Life

    April 6, 2022

    For as long as she can remember, Karen Wanjura suffered from a burning discomfort in her upper abdomen after she ate. A common symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, the burning became a way of life that the 71-year-old resident of Cypress learned to accept. It was caused by a non-f...

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  • Victoria after surgery

    Victoria's Heart Transplant Story

    March 16, 2022

    After suffering a heart attack at just 27 years old, Victoria Guajardo was placed in a medical coma and transported 330 miles to Houston, where doctors discovered both of her ventricles were failing. Watch the video to learn how doctors at the Larry D. Johnson Heart & Vascular Institute at Me...

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  • Bryan Durham with Dr. Jyothula

    Multidisciplinary Approach Gives Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) Patient a New Chance

    September 9, 2019

    Houston Deputy Sheriff Bryan Durham recalls the day he first felt something was wrong. “I was arresting a suspect who had become combative. I wrestled him for about 30 seconds to get him into handcuffs, and it felt like I had fought for an hour. After I subdued him, I couldn’t catch m...

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  • The Lee Family's Story

    August 6, 2019

    After visiting Mr. Lee's Pearland convenience store one morning, as he had every day for 16 years, Officer Castillo noticed Mr. Lee didn't greet him as normal. As Officer Castillo turned the corner, he saw Mr. Lee laying on the ground bleeding from his head. "I told him to hang in there as the m...

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  • Oscar Botello

    Quieting a Traumatic Cardiac Storm

    January 31, 2019

    The team rushed Oscar to the heart catheterization lab to clear the blockages in the stent. But scar tissue from the heart attack had begun to form on his heart and he developed life-threatening arrhythmias called a ventricular tachycardia storm, basically, a severe electrical storm in his hea...

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  • Read about George Grabowski Heart Story

    Saving George Grabowski's Heart

    October 25, 2017

    George Grabowski, PhD, a physically active 64-year-old, is among those who benefited from the minimally invasive option. Last August, his internist Clifford Yut, MD, heard a heart murmur and referred Dr. Grabowski to Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital for an echocardiogram. A diagnosis of se...

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  • Luis Perez

    Luis' Story: Management of Type B Aortic Dissection

    October 18, 2017

    Forty-six-year-old Luis Perez was driving with a friend on a Saturday night when he felt a small pain and a sensation of pressure in his middle upper back. He pulled over, called 911, and was immediately rushed to nearby Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital and immediately transferred to the Larry...

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  • Floyd

    Floyd’s Story: a Family With Heart Trouble

    February 3, 2015

    Floyd went to the heart doctor because of a family history of heart disease and death. After experiencing consistent heart burn and indigestion symptoms he went to see the specialists at Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute. After receiving a ventricular stress test, his physician said...

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  • Angelina

    Angelina: Heart Attack Survivor

    October 23, 2014

    Angelina was on an overnight flight in Louisville, Kentucky when she was awoken by strong heart palpitations. The very next day, she flew home to Houston, TX and saw a cardiologist. An echocardiogram showed an enlarged and weak heart. Dr. Jalal and the affiliated team at Memorial Hermann Southwes...

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  • Jennifer

    Jennifer’s Story: Heart Attack at 32

    February 17, 2014

    32-year-old Jennifer Cooper Cheak was playing with her 3-week-old baby and son when she started to feel tightness and pressure in her chest. A few minutes later, she experienced a heart attack and was rushed to a local hospital. She was transferred to Larry D. Johnson Heart & Vascular Institu...

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  • Clarence Fontenot

    Rare Double Heart Transplant

    February 11, 2014

    After receiving a heart transplant in 1994 due to a Sudden Cardiac Death attack, Clarence Fontenot experienced another heart attack two decades later. Fontenot was ready to keep fighting, and so were his physicians. 13 weeks later, Dr. Gregoric made an incision in Fontenot's chest along the ...

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  • Read about Steves Story Heart Transplant

    Steve's Story: Heart Transplant

    After several heart attacks and multiple unsuccessful attempts to manage his congestive heart failure, Steve sought a heart transplant team to begin a new journey. The process of heart transplantation can be daunting but the heart surgeons’ and specialists’ display of high competence ...

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  • Larry

    Larry’s Aortic Stenosis Story

    During a visit with his cardiologist Larry was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect: aortic stenosis. With this condition, the valve gets very tight and limits blood flow to the entire body. Larry was then referred to Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute affiliated cardiothoracic a...

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  • Venola Jolley

    Venola's Story: Hard-Won, Heart-Felt Victory

    Venola was so overcome with joy – and shock – at winning that the sweet victory did not sink in immediately. After all, it was only about 17 months after her lifesaving heart transplant. She had suffered from ischemic cardiomyopathy and coronary artery disease - also called coronary h...

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