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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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Man with Heart Disease Saved through Early Detection

Man with Heart Disease Saved through Early Detection Shown in the Cardiac Stress Lab at Seton Highland Lakes Hospital left to right: Marsha Prather-CNMT, Patient, Ronnie Laborde, and Glenda Myers-RRT After watching both parents and too many friends die of heart disease, Granite Shoals resident Ronnie Laborde wants to share his personal experience with the…
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93-year-old Gets Second Chance with TAVR Procedure

93-year-old Gets Second Chance with TAVR Procedure As the oldest of 10 siblings, 93-year-old Vivian Corona is accustomed to taking care of others.  She grew up caring for her younger siblings and then when she married, she took care of her husband and daughter, Toni Kasper. Soon after Vivian moved to Austin to be close to…
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Pregnant Mother Nearly Dies from Flu, Recovers on ECMO

Pregnant Mother Nearly Dies from Flu, Recovers on ECMO Legal secretary Kim Reyes never anticipated the trials ahead of her. She suffered with a nasty cough and fatigue for a full week before making a doctor’s appointment. When Reyes arrived with difficulty breathing, the clinic immediately called an ambulance to transport her to the hospital. Once there,…
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Prior to Heart Transplant, Patient Used Braille-Adapted Device

Prior to Heart Transplant, Patient Used Braille-Adapted Device Students at The University of Texas at Austin call him a walking miracle. Gene Brooks, PhD, a lecturer in the College of Education, lived with heart failure for 15 years before receiving a heart transplant in 2013. Dr. Brooks was a fitness buff and never smoked. After being diagnosed with…
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Cardiac Rehab Keeps Young Land Surveyor on the Move

Cardiac Rehab Keeps Young Land Surveyor on the Move Always on the go, Aaron Anderson is not used to slowing down. The thirty-something land surveyor found himself with no choice when he became ill in 2012. Suddenly unable to catch his breath, along with very swollen legs and hallucinations, he was admitted to the hospital for heart failure.
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