University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Heart and Vascular Patient Stories

Brad Smith

Heart Patient Fights Like a Champ

At 43, Brad Smith thought the intense pain in his elbows was from a strenuous workout, but he was wrong. He was having a heart attack.

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Heart Disease Survivor Stories

While pushing a child in a stroller, Carolyn’s heart suddenly stopped. Luckily, her story didn’t end there.

 

Heart Disease Survivor Stories

In the Air, On Land: Japan to Hawaii to Iowa

UI Heart and Vascular Center ECMO specialists help save a Marine with severe respiratory failure.

 

In the Air, On Land: Japan to Hawaii to Iowa

From Clinical Death to Restored Life

Cheri Amelon can attribute her survival of a cardiac arrest to her husband's CPR, the paramedics' ability to restart her stopped heart, and an innovative therapy at UI Health Care that kept her body functioning following the ordeal.

From Clinical Death to Restored Life

Benefits of a New Approach

As a heart patient, Gaylord "Dave" Davis can assure you that today's approach to a heart catheterization is much improved from what he endured in past times.

Benefits of a New Approach

ECMO Saves a Life

ECMO allows sick or injured hearts or lungs the opportunity to rest and get better. In Jess Harris's case ECMO gave him the edge his heart needed to survive the implanting of a cardiac stent.

ECMO Saves a Life

Extending Life

When Brian Kimm of Blairstown, Iowa, learned that he needed a heart transplant, he faced the same dilemma that confronts many patients on the waiting list—staying alive until a donor heart becomes available.

Extending Life

Gentler Surgery Rebuilds Jose's Heart

Des Moines contractor Jose Rodriguez (with wife, Norma) "feels great" after valve surgery.

Gentler Surgery Rebuilds Jose's Heart

Slowing a Speedy Heart

Marilyn had a heart that would race out of control at times. But a procedure by a UI Heart and Vascular specialist ended her racing days.

Slowing a Speedy Heart

Wrist Procedure Gets Heart Patient Back On the Road

Bill’s back pain was really a heart problem. A problem solved through an amazing wrist procedure.

Wrist Procedure Gets Heart Patient Back On the Road

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