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Information provided by Dr. Wayne Leimbach, medical director at Oklahoma Heart Institute.

 

There always seems to be questions surrounding vitamins. Are they really beneficial to take and if so, which ones and at what dosage? Recently, fish oil has been the topic of conversation and in fact, the REDUCE-IT trial that Oklahoma Heart Institute was involved in just uncovered some interesting findings.

The REDUCE-IT trial randomized 8,179 cardiovascular (CV) risk patients with known CV disease or high risk patients with diabetes and other CV risk factors who were already on... Read More »

In September of 2017, Missy Storm and her husband were in New Orleans celebrating his birthday. At the time, Missy was struggling with walking long distances, but she thought it had something to do with getting older and being out of shape. Storm had recently retired after a 40-year career in education, but the stress her body was experiencing was different than any she had felt before.

“When we were in New Orleans, I would be walking down the street and every 30 yards or so I would have to stop to catch my breath and let my heart slow down,” said Storm. “During our travels back to... Read More »

Tulsa resident Glenn Harris started experiencing heart problems when visiting Australia, which led to him needing a pacemaker and defibrillator installed immediately. Upon returning to Tulsa, Harris needed to find continuing care, which is when he contacted Oklahoma Heart Institute and started seeing Dr. Wayne Leimbach, medical director, and Dr. David Sandler, director of electrophysiology.

Harris’ youngest daughter, Lauren, took him to many of his follow up appointments and rehab sessions when he first started visiting Oklahoma Heart Institute, becoming familiar with the faces... Read More »

David Engle, 76, had heart complications in his 60s. Years later, after being involved in a car accident, Engle experienced another life-changing cardiovascular event that lead him to Oklahoma Heart Institute.

“I had a triple bypass and valve replacement nine years ago,” said Engle. “In September of 2016, I was hit head on in a car accident in Arkansas. Following the accident, the EMC workers told me that I needed to be checked out because I was in such bad pain. When I was taken to the hospital, the doctors told me I had contusions and that muscle relaxants would take care of the... Read More »

Leading an active, healthy lifestyle has great benefits when it comes to cardiovascular issues, but what about the practice of yoga in relation to atrial fibrillation, or AFib? We talked to Dr. David Sandler, director of electrophysiology at Oklahoma Heart Institute, to learn more.

“When it comes to yoga, the main message is that the lifestyle helps prevent heart disease, including atrial fibrillation,” said Dr. Sandler. “80 percent of heart disease cases are preventable, AFib included. Yoga is basically a paradigm for healthy living. Yoga specifically has been shown to reduce a... Read More »

Randall Hargrove was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, or AFib, in mid-2017. After being referred to Oklahoma Heart Institute, his problems were soon resolved.

“I was originally seeing another physician when I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation,” said Hargrove. “Soon after, I was referred to Dr. David Sandler, electrophysiologist at Oklahoma Heart Institute, by my primary care physician. For a while, my AFib was under control while I was taking medication, but in May of 2018 I started having arrhythmic problems again. I went back in and found out that I had atypical flutter... Read More »

Rick Humdy has been an Oklahoma State Trooper for 20 years. After working as a helicopter crew chief in the National Guard, Humdy applied for patrol school. When going through health screenings in 2016 for his new position, Humdy learned that he had atrial fibrillation, or AFib. Shortly after, he started seeing , director of electrophysiology at Oklahoma Heart Institute. 

“When I met Dr. Sandler in July of 2016, he told me he could fix my atrial fibrillation,” said Humdy. “I had 100 percent faith in him because he really portrayed confidence when he told me he could fix my AFib.... Read More »

Dr. Kelly Shuler, a family medicine physician at Utica Park Clinic in Sapulpa, knew she wanted to make changes to her health but was unsure of the route she should take. It wasn’t until learning about the Health Management Resources (HMR) program offered through the Weight Loss & Wellness Center at Oklahoma Heart Institute that she felt like she had found a program that would cater to her needs. 

“I decided I needed to lose weight when I was talking to a patient about how obesity was affecting their health,” said Shuler. “The patient blatantly called me out and said ‘you talking... Read More »

Grove resident Jim Gray was 74 years old when he began to feel unlike himself while out on a walk. After a visit to the local emergency room and a consultation with a cardiologist, he learned that he would soon be having open heart surgery.

“When I was out on my daily walk, my back started hurting” said Jim. “I came inside and told my wife that I was in pain and she took me straight to the hospital in Grove. Once I was examined, the doctor told us that he was going to send me to Oklahoma Heart Institute because I could possibly need open heart surgery.”

From his first... Read More »

Tulsa resident Jim Davidson was not one to visit the doctor often. After experiencing an ear ache towards the end of 2017, Davidson would learn that he would be visiting physicians much more often in the coming months.

“In late October I went to the emergency room because my ear felt clogged and while I was there they took my vitals and listened to my heart. The doctor asked if I knew that I had a heart murmur, which I did. Because I was 67 years old, he told me that I should have that examined. I scheduled an appointment with my primary care physician who performed a heart echo.... Read More »