Heart Care Patient Stories
Our patients love to share their experiences with EvergreenHealth's cardiac care team.
Click on their names to read their stories.
(atrial myxoma) In less than a week, Geoff Gregorich went from his annual physical to open heart surgery for a dangerous heart tumor.
(heart attack) Thanks to his wife's quick thinking and knowledge of CPR, Tim Nugent survived his heart attack.
(cardiac rehab) After a mild heart attack, cardiac rehab was instrumental in getting Ted Perry back to his active lifestyle.
(cardiac rehab) After a heart procedure, cardiac rehab helped Harlan Harris discover that daily exercise was his "magic bullet" for staying healthy.
(stress-induced cardiomyopathy) Shoulder pain brought Carmen Varnado-Wixx to the emergency department, but during her work-up she went into full cardiac arrest. One of her arteries was 99% blocked.
(coarctation of the aorta) For nearly half her life, Nancy Stewart had been told she suffered from a heart murmur - but that didn't explain her excruciating headaches, nausea and exhaustion. Checkups and multiple echocardiograms failed to provide an answer
(cardiac bypass surgery) Following a cardiac bypass, Ed Jurvainen joined EvergreenHealth’s cardiac rehab program and hasn’t slowed down since. "If I’d tried to make it on my own," he says, "I wouldn’t have succeeded."
(heart attack) Not only is Jim Maguire still walking around, he’s back at his construction job – just a couple of months after a massive heart attack. It was a heart attack he didn’t realize he was having until it was almost too late.
(high cholesterol) When Doug Throckmorton's retirement plans were sidetracked by the detection of a heart condition, a new EvergreenHealth service helped him get a fresh start and a new outlook on life
(heart attack) You’ll forgive Ted Sturlaugson if he’s a little fuzzy on the details. By the time he got to EvergreenHealth’s Emergency Department, he was unconscious and medics had already restarted his heart five times.
(heart tumor) When Alexis Day came to EvergreenHealth’s Emergency Department with severe abdominal pain, it took detective work worthy of an episode of CSI to figure out what was causing the problem.