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David Hubbard, 50, pays close attention to detail. The associate-senior project manager with a local architectural firm easily recalls the month-long journey from hospitals, Emergency Departments, doctors’ offices and operating rooms that led to a tearful exchange between his wife, Pam, and Oklahoma Heart Institute cardiologist Dr. Kyle Zimmerman. “They hugged and cried a bit,” David adds. “He described it as an astonishing fourth quarter victory.”

It all started in March when David woke up in pain. “I thought initially I had slept wrong and was having a spasm, but soon I realized I... Read More »

Heart disease is number one when it comes to leading causes of death for men in the United States. In 2009, more than 307,000 men died of heart disease, which adds up to 1 in 4 male deaths. Furthermore, heart disease is the number one cause of death in Oklahoma. About 9,426 people in Oklahoma died of heart disease in 2010.

So what does this mean and what can you do to improve your heart health?

Heart disease is an all-encompassing term for diseases that affect your heart. These diseases can include coronary artery disease (CAD), arrhythmias, heart infections and heart defects... Read More »

In Oklahoma, we are relatively new to the game, but as our Thunder continue to move closer to The Finals, we seem to be getting the handle of the NBA. Even casual basketball fans are more than familiar with our hometown heroes Westbrook, Ibaka and KD. Without an NBA team to call our own in the recent past, many of us aligned our allegiance with teams regardless of geography – New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls or LA Lakers. 

Ever wonder what it’s like to live in the world of NBA players and trainers?  One of our physicians has been blessed to get a glimpse into this world on regular... Read More »

Marcia MacLeod, WPX Energy Executive, shares her powerful story for the 2014 Tulsa Go Red for Women luncheon May 9, 2014, discussing how heart disease was an unexpected interruption to her life and career. Marcia was referred to Oklahoma Heart Institute cardiac electrophysiologist Dr. David Sandler, who diagnosed her with the most common heart arrhythmia - Atrial Fibrillation. Learn how Marcia was able to get back to a healthy, active lifestyle and career through treatment for her AFib.



Diet, exercise and medication therapies are the first defense against high cholesterol, especially high LDL levels, for many patients. However, some people do not respond despite best efforts. Having dangerously high cholesterol levels can lead to heart disease, blockages and stroke. Oklahoma Heart Institute now offers patients an option, which has proven to lower cholesterol levels 73 to 83 percent – LDL Apheresis.

LDL Apheresis is a cholesterol-lowering technique that can help manage cholesterol in those who meet the following criteria:

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As the saying goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” While researchers have long known the health benefits of eating a diet high in fiber, new research points to one large benefit for heart attack victims – survival. The study of survivors of myocardial infarction found an increased fiber intake, especially of cereal fiber, resulted in a 31 percent decrease in the rate of all-cause mortality and 35 percent decrease in cardiovascular death. What is even more significant in this study, heart attack survivors can still reap benefits from eating more fiber after their heart... Read More »

At the age of 33, Melissa Futrell went to the Emergency Department when a bad headache wouldn’t go away. She had started to slur her speech and wasn’t sure what was causing her symptoms. She was diagnosed with a “complex migraine” and referred to a neurologist. Melissa started medication for the migraine, but also noticed her heart felt like it was tightening every once in a while. Her confusing health situation came up in a conversation with a good friend, whose husband is a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon. Hearing what Melissa described, he thought Oklahoma Heart Institute... Read More »

This summer Neva Terry will celebrate her 73rd birthday in June. The following month marks her second anniversary since being diagnosed and treated for heart disease. “My only hope was to live at least a month to see my middle grandson marry,” admits Neva of being told she had severe heart block. “Now it has been two years in July!”

Neva woke the morning of July 11, 2012 and couldn’t breathe. She went to the Emergency Department at Hillcrest Medical Center and was quickly transported to the catheterization lab at Oklahoma Heart Institute where cardiac electrophysiologist Dr. David... Read More »

Two new studies look at transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) as improving the survival rates of high-risk patients with severe aortic stenosis versus traditional surgical valve replacement and compare leading FDA-approved valves available, the Edwards Sapien XT and Medtronic’s CoreValve. Director of Structural Heart Disease and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement at Oklahoma Heart Institute, Dr. Kamran Muhammad, shares what this recent news means for patients. “Overall, the recent data presented at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Annual Scientific Sessions regarding... Read More »

Danielle LeVeck, RN, BSN, CCRN, and Vic Tackett, RN, BSN, CCRN, couldn’t imagine doing anything different than working as cardiac critical care nurses at Oklahoma Heart Institute.  It is a path neither started on, however, as they worked towards their college degrees, but yet it has led them to CV ICU on the third floor at the hospital. Their mutual passion for their careers and continued education earned both a place on the certified nurses’ wall – marking a milestone in their careers.

“Nursing in general has been the best thing to ever happen to me and it was a second career,”... Read More »