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Life After a Heart Transplant: What You Need to Know

Life After a Heart Transplant: What You Need to Know Preparing for a heart transplant can feel like an intimidating process that focuses primarily on the surgical aspect. But what can you expect after leaving the operating room? Your road to recovery and health is one that many people have already traveled. Your cardiologist will be able to tell…
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Raising Awareness About Heart Disease

Raising Awareness About Heart Disease Kristen Patton knew something was wrong when she felt a searing pain in her jaw one night while feeding her infant daughter. But at only 40, she didn’t expect her symptoms were those of a heart attack. When her husband found her unresponsive, he called 911. Uncovering a Rare Heart…
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A Hidden Cause of Heart Failure in African-American Men

A Hidden Cause of Heart Failure in African-American Men Heart failure is a common fact of life for many people. However, as medical research progresses, cardiologists are identifying more and more of the many reasons for heart failure each day. One cause of heart failure is amyloidosis, a genetic mutation that damages the functioning of the heart.
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400th Heart Transplant

400th Heart Transplant Amber Martin is no stranger to heart troubles. The 29-year-old military wife and mother of two had her first heart surgery when she was only 4 years old. Martin was born with congenital cardiomyopathy, a condition that has required ongoing cardiac care and repair throughout her life. But this year,…
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How an LVAD Helps Fight Heart Failure

How an LVAD Helps Fight Heart Failure For people with heart failure, the heart can’t adequately meet the body’s needs for blood and oxygen. Whether the result of damage, a medical condition or a congenital heart disorder, heart failure compromises the heart’s ability to pump blood to the body. Heart failure may be chronic or…
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How to Prepare for a Heart Transplant Operation

How to Prepare for a Heart Transplant Operation When you and your cardiologist decide that you’re a candidate for a heart transplant, it can bring about a mix of emotions. Adding your name to the waitlist is the first step of your journey, and being as prepared as possible can help you navigate the journey with…
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4 Common Questions About Living With an LVAD

4 Common Questions About Living With an LVAD A Left Ventricular Assist Device, or LVAD, is a mechanical pump that can be implanted within the chest to support heart function in people with advanced heart failure. It’s common to wonder about what life is like with an LVAD, and we have answers to four of…
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Commemorating 30 Years of Life-Saving Heart Transplants at Seton

Commemorating 30 Years of Life-Saving Heart Transplants at Seton With 389 heart transplants having been performed in the last 30 years at Seton Medical Center, transplant recipients, their families and the Seton healthcare team recently celebrated the anniversary of the first of what would be many life-saving transplants in Central Texas. Seton currently performs 20 heart transplants each…
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4 Characteristics of Heart Transplant Candidates

4 Characteristics of Heart Transplant Candidates Patients with chronic heart failure may be candidates for heart transplant. Heart transplant can be an excellent option for improving quality of life for individuals under the age of 65 who suffer from advanced heart problems. If you think you may be a candidate for heart transplant, first consider…
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When Is Arrhythmia Considered “Serious”?

When Is Arrhythmia Considered “Serious”? Arrhythmias are irregular heartbeat rhythms that can occur when the heart’s natural electrical system doesn’t function properly, disrupting the normal heart rhythm. Arrhythmias can be identified by symptoms such as a racing or fluttering heartbeat, chest pain, an abnormally slow heartbeat, dizziness or fainting (syncope). While arrhythmias are…
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