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.


image of Harlan Harris, cardiac care patient at EvergreenHealth cardiac care in Kirkland, WA

Harlan Harris

(cardiac rehab) After a heart procedure, cardiac rehab helped Harlan Harris discover that daily exercise was his "magic bullet" for staying healthy.


image of Carmen Varnado-Wixx, cardiac care patient at EvergreenHealth cardiac care in Kirkland, WA

Carmen Varnado-Wixx

(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.


image of Nancy Stewart, cardiac care patient at EvergreenHealth cardiac care in Kirkland, WA

Nancy Stewert

(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


Image of Cardiac patient Ed Jurvainen, who had his rehab from a heart bypass successfully managed by EvergreenHealth Cardiac Care near Seattle in Kirkland, WA.

Ed Jurvainen

(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."


image of Jim Maguire, cardiac care patient at EvergreenHealth cardiac care in Kirkland, WA

Jim Maguire

(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.


Image of Cardiac patient Doug Thorckmorton, who had his high cholesterol successfully managed by EvergreenHealth Pharmacy Services near Seattle in Kirkland, WA.

Doug Throckmorton

(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


image of Ted Sturlaugson, cardiac care patient at EvergreenHealth cardiac care in Kirkland, WA

Ted Sturlaugson

(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.


image of Alexis Day, cardiac care patient at EvergreenHealth cardiac care in Kirkland, WA

Alexis Day

(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.