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Oklahoma Heart cardiac electrophysiologist Dr. David Sandler talks about how different the treatment can vary for AFib patients and why individualization is key to successful outcomes.

Patients are often surprised that the recommendations we make differ from those offered to a friend with atrial fibrillation (AFib).  The explanation is that there are numerous treatment options that are best tailored to an individual patient.  The factors that go into these decisions (for example: age, weight, symptoms, frequency/duration of atrial fibrillation) can dramatically affect the success... Read More »

Jennifer Skaggs, 32, began experiencing unexplained fainting spells on a regular basis in her teens. These episodes impacted every facet of her life - ending her soccer career and taking away her car keys. It wasn't until Jennifer found Oklahoma Heart Institute that her fainting episodes began to be managed, occuring less frequently. Along with lifestyle modifications and beginning yoga, Jennifer started noticing a big difference in her health. Today Jennifer shares her story and how the doctors at Oklahoma Heart Institute and yoga have given her life back.


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Go inside the case with Dr. Robert Smith, Dr. Stanely Zimmerman and Dr. Farhan Khawaja as they perform a high risk stent procedure utilizing advanced technology including the Impella assist device and coronary OCT imaging.

Earlier this summer as vacationers laid out beach towels, adjusted their sunglasses and felt the warmth of the sun’s rays, researchers presented the world’s largest study examining the link between Vitamin D and hypertension at the European Society of Human Genetics Conference in Paris, France. The data presented from more than 35 studies and 155,000 people, revealed that high concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D resulted in lower blood pressure levels and a reduced risk of hypertension. When we are not taking a break from real life, our daily habits have resulted in lower Vitamin D... Read More »


This week we were reminded of the importance of proactive health measures, as former President George W. Bush underwent a heart procedure Tuesday in Texas to insert a stent following a routine physical and cardiac evaluation. Although the extent to which the artery was blocked or if President Bush was experiencing any symptoms has not been reported, stents are usually indicated when the blockage exceeds 75 percent. Stents are inserted to keep the artery open and blood flowing. Stent procedures can help prevent the need for heart surgery and help prevent heart attacks.


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High blood pressure is a fairly common health issue in our culture. In fact, one in three Americans has high blood pressure, defined as blood pressure readings of 140/90 mmHg or greater. Roughly 67 million people are affected. With advancements in medication therapy and awareness of lifestyle modifications, many patients are able to control their high blood pressure and help reduce the risk of major cardiovascular events like stroke, heart attack and other damaging health conditions. However, for an estimated 13 percent of those with high blood pressure, medication and lifestyle... Read More »

Dr. Neil Agrawal joins us on the blog today to for a Minute for Your Heart blog on coffee consumption and your heart.

Coffee was the top agricultural export for twelve countries in 2004, and it was the world's seventh-largest legal agricultural export by value in 2005. The average American drinks 3 cups a day and 300-400 million cups are consumed a day in the US! There has been a recent article published Journal of The American College of Cardiology on the available evidence on cardiovascular effects of habitual coffee consumption. The study looked at patients who consumed 2-3... Read More »

Hillcrest Medical Center offers an outpatient Wound Care Clinic for patients with acute wounds or chronic wounds that won’t heal on their own. Many patients have diabetic foot and leg ulcers, which when they become so severe, amputation may be the final course of action. However, recent data is encouraging for these patients, as foot and leg amputation has decreased 65 percent in recent years. Contributing factors include improved treatment of foot wounds and diabetes management, along addressing cardiovascular issues in these patients. Treating and preventing cardiovascular disease can... Read More »

Dr. Wayne Leimbach, Director of the Cardiac and Interventional Laboratories at Oklahoma Heart Institute, comments on recent news regarding a large study finding statin medication as a class are “well tolerated.”

Statins are a class of medications that lower cholesterol levels. Elevated LDL-cholesterol has been shown to be a major risk factor for the development of blockages in blood vessels to the heart and brain. Lowering LDL-cholesterol levels with statins has been shown in many large trials to significantly lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes and decrease the need for... Read More »

It may have been following a high school sports physical or a regular checkup with your doctor when you first heard, “You have a heart murmur.” But what does that mean? Is it serious or something you just need to be aware of? Oklahoma Heart Institute cardiologist, Dr. Neil Agrawal, consults with patients about this at the Oklahoma Heart Institute Heart Valve Clinic to make sure patients understand their precise condition and what monitoring and follow up care is needed.

“A heart murmur is the description of the sound of turbulent (agitated) flow across a valve,” explains Dr.... Read More »