Patient stories about heart health
May 9, 2016 | Glenn Harvey didn’t know he had an aortic aneurysm. Thanks to a new procedure, performed for the first time at UAMS in March, he still can’t feel a thing. Mohammed Moursi, M.D., chief of vascular surgery and program director of the vascular surgery residency program at UAMS, performed the procedure on [...]
Hakan Paydak, M.D., with Glenda Kay Newton Wood during a follow-up visit after he cured her irregular heartbeat For most of us, the electrical impulses that keep our heartbeat steady are rarely given much thought. But when the circuitry goes haywire, as it did for Glenda Kay Newton Wood of Monticello, finding the [...]
When Essie Ashford arrived at UAMS one morning in January, her left main coronary artery was so critically narrowed that she immediately needed a stent procedure just to survive long enough to make it into surgery. A dedicated trauma elevator in the Emergency Department rushed the 65-year-old widow from Little Rock up to the state-of-the-art [...]
Telemedicine Key to Physician's Stroke Recovery Robert Scott, M.D., on Dec. 9 lost almost all control he had over the right side of his body. He was having a stroke. Less than three hours later, he had regained all its function with help from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) neurologist Sami Harik, M.D., [...]
When Frank Englerth's aorta began to rupture, the stabbing pain high in his back woke him in the middle of a cold February night. It was the beginning of what could have been the end for Englerth, 74, who lives on the Saline River deep in southeastern Arkansas, nearly a three-hour drive from Little Rock. [...]
Shannon Bullock rushed to her husband, David, when she saw him fall on the steps of their family crop dusting business in DeWitt. What happened next speaks to the life-saving power of timely, appropriate treatment that is now available across Arkansas when someone has a stroke. Shannon, an EMT, took the first critical steps: She [...]
Patricia Ernst questioned her heart surgeon, UAMS' Gareth Tobler, M.D., when he proposed a unique solution to blockages in three of her coronary arteries. "Do you mean I’m going to be a guinea pig?" Ernst asked before being reassured that her treatments at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences would be in her long-term [...]
Ashley Bell’s heart stopped beating while she was on the operating table. But that was exactly what her doctors intended.
July 22, 2014 | The first person to see Paul Thaxton slumped in a chair in the lobby of the Administration West building initially thought he was asleep.
UAMS Leads New Statewide Trauma System as a Level One Trauma Center Ashley Machado drifted off to sleep in the back seat of her car as a friend drove it on icy Highway 70 east of North Little Rock the evening of Jan. 11, 2011. She awoke to screams, a crash – and then nothing. [...]