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The TAVR team at Oklahoma Heart Institute led by Dr. Kamran Muhammad, Dr. Wayne Leimbach and Dr. Michael Phillips recently performed the 100th successful Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) in Tulsa, OK. See how this program is not only helping patients in Oklahoma relieve their symptoms of severe aortic stenosis, but improve their quality of life. 

Don’t have time to exercise? It is understandably one of the biggest obstacles in our busy lifestyles to maintaining a regular exercise regime. However, what if carving our a mere five to ten minutes a day could give you additional years of life in return? Would you find the time? In the largest, most comprehensive study examining the long-term benefits of running on reducing all-cause mortality researchers found that running just a short amount of time each daysignificantly reduced the risk of death from all causes and for cardiovascular cause of death.

The 15-year study included... Read More »

Vascular disease can be complex and require a collaborative approach from multiple specialists for the best outcomes. The circulatory system consists of a network of organs and vessels, which feed the rest of the body with nutrients, blood, oxygen and other gases and hormones. The vascular system alone accounts for nearly 100,000 miles of blood vessels, when stretched end-to-end, in adults. Understanding and treating conditions of the veins, arteries and capillaries requires good teamwork.

The Vascular Center at Oklahoma Heart Institute provides patients suffering from a variety of... Read More »

Oklahoma Heart Institute was the first in Oklahoma to use the Edwards Sapien XT valve for commercial use in a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure June 24, 2014. The team was lead by Drs. Kamran Muhammad, Paul Kempe, Wayne Leimbach, and Victor Cheng. Go inside the case to see how this valve will help more patients with severe aortic stenosis who are high-risk or inoperable. 

(Image courtesy of Edwards)

Gene Swepston is no stranger to Oklahoma Heart Institute. The marketing vendor who supplies various items such as the cough buddy, was admitted to the hospital in February of 2014. He shares his story and why he returned as soon as he was able to volunteer and help other patients. 

 

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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