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Last July, Patty Phelps was put on hospice at the age of 70. Two different doctors from two Oklahoma hospitals had told her she would not survive the heart surgery she needed to live. She went home, with her family at her bedside, and began to get her affairs in order.

Patty says it all began in 2004 when she was working on her yard. She began coughing up blood and discovered she had blood clots in her lungs after a trip to the Emergency Room. After being hospitalized in the ICU for five days, she was stable enough to be transferred to a local VA hospital, where she remained for... Read More »

Earlier this month, we announced a new, high tech cardiac CT scanner available to patients in Oklahoma. For both symptomatic and nonsymtomatic patients, this reliable, noninvasive test is more than 95 percent sensitive in detecting heart disease. Go inside the new cardiac CT program at Oklahoma Heart Institute with Director Dr. Victor Cheng.

Have you noticed any changes when you go out for a walk or run? Do your legs begin to cramp and ache after a few minutes of exercise, but feel better when you stop exercising? Peripheral artery disease may be the cause of your leg pain and can lead to more serious complications.

What is PAD?

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition that leads to the narrowing or hardening of the arteries that supply blood anywhere outside of the heart - legs, arms, brain, kidneys, and other organs. As blood vessels narrow, it is harder for blood to flow, decreasing the supply of blood... Read More »

What if an appointment could change your outlook on your heart health? Would you make it? Oklahoma Heart Institute is proud to offer that option to Oklahomans with the state-of-the-art Cardiac CT Scan. With heart disease the number one killer of men and women in the U.S., prevention is key to fighting heart disease.

What many people may not realize, however, is the first symptom of heart disease could be a heart attack. The Cardiac CT Scan now available at Oklahoma Heart Institute is more than 95% sensitive in detecting heart disease. Before chest pains, shortness of breath or a... Read More »

The date is Thursday, April 25, 2013 and Beverly Hall, 48, is about to make a series of important, yet seemingly unrelated decisions. Her husband recovers on the 4th floor at Hillcrest Medical Center following a scheduled total knee replacement. Beverly decides at the last minute to spend the night to help take care of him. The following morning, she is there when the physical therapist and occupational therapist arrive to help her husband dress and take his first steps down the hallway. She follows him, watching his progress as he walks down the hall and back to the room.

“All of... Read More »

For patients suffering from symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation, everyday life can be greatly interrupted. We’ve shared stories of AFib patients who thought they were going to have to give up their careers, but weren’t ready to retire. Another patient couldn’t explain why he suddenly had no energy past 4pm. Some patients have lived with the fear of AFib episodes for 20 years, before being told there was something that could be done about it. Today, new developments in treating and understanding Atrial Fibrillation bring more hope to patients seeking an answer for their AFib.

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May 13, 2013 through May 18, 2013 is National Women’s Health Week. Often the caregivers for the rest of the family, women sometimes take better care of others than they do for themselves. Not only are they more likely to neglect their own health care, the added stress and responsibility of care giving can increase their risk for health conditions like heart disease, according to a 2012 study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion. At every age, women can take steps to help prevent heart disease.

Age 18 – 39

Women in this age group need to be aware of their... Read More »

Heart disease doesn’t just affect men. Heart disease is the number one killer of women, as well as the number one cause of disability for women.

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common cause of heart disease. CAD is the narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries and is caused by the presence of cholesterol and plaque, resulting in the heart being unable to get the blood and oxygen it needs. CAD can lead to chest pain (angina), a heart attack, heart failure, and arrhythmia.

Most heart attacks are caused by a blood clot forming and suddenly cutting off the blood... Read More »

Oklahoma Heart Institute Director of Interventional Laboratories, Dr. Wayne Leimbach, shares insights on allergies, heart disease and high blood pressure on our blog today.

Springtime brings not only beautiful weather and beautiful flowers, but it also brings high pollen counts and suffering to people with allergies.  Many people often ask what allergy medicines can I safely take if I have heart disease or high blood pressure.  Many allergy medications include decongestants that can raise blood pressure, create palpitations and interfere with some other heart medications.

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The News on 6 aired this story May 7, 2013


A defibrillator vest is saving lives in Oklahoma.  It's designed for people who have a weak heart or survived a heart attack. One Oklahoma man says the LifeVest saved his life twice.

It's been around for a few years now, but doctors say many heart patients don't even know it exists.

Two months ago Michael Hopkins went to the doctor because he was having trouble breathing.

"He gave me an EKG and he said, 'Well you have flunked this. Your heart is in defibrillation. Go to the emergency room now,'" said Michael... Read More »