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“I wasn’t ready to retire,” says 60-year-old WPX Energy Human Resources Executive Marcia MacLeod of learning she had a heart arrhythmia. Diagnosed with atrial fibrillation in 2011, MacLeod finally had a reason to explain why she had been feeling so tired and coming home early from work exhausted.

“It was very debilitating to me,” she says.

MacLeod talked with health care providers, but felt they brushed off her diagnosis to getting older. However, when one provider mentioned there was a procedure that might help, she was referred to Oklahoma Heart Institute cardiac... Read More »

More than 40 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder, however as many as 70 percent may not realize they have one or have had an evaluation to begin treating their sleep disorder. As researchers continue to confirm strong connections between our quality of sleep and our overall health, Oklahoma Heart Institute is expanding sleep care services throughout Oklahoma to bring state-of-the-art screening and evaluations to help diagnosis and treat sleep problems before the onset of major illness like Type 2 diabetes, heart disease or stroke, among others.

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Holidays can be hard on the heart. The top days for heart attacks throughout the year are Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1. Americans also have a tendency to eat and drink too much this time of year, triggering “Holiday Heart Syndrome.” For heart failure patients, the holidays can be an especially tricky time. Limiting fluid and salt intake is essential every day of the year for those living with heart failure. The holidays present certain challenges and considerations that can be overcome if you are prepared.

Traveling? If your holiday travels are taking you to the skies, be sure to... Read More »

Research shows Americans have more fatal heart attacks during the holiday season than any other time of the year. In fact, according to a study published in Circulation, the top three days for heart attacks are December 25, December 26 and January 1, respectively.  Regardless of where we live, researchers have found, we are more susceptible to heart attacks in the winter months, even if it is 72 and sunny in California.  “A seasonal pattern to deaths from heart attack is well documented with more fatal events occurring in the winter in comparison to the summer,” says Oklahoma Heart... Read More »

KTUL-TV News Channel 8

Reporter: Kim Jackson


The holidays can pull on your heart strings, literally. More people die from heart disease during December, according to numerous studies. So if you think you have heart illness, now is the time to listen to your body.

Hospitals and doctors are seeing more patients because of colds and virus. Heart patients are more susceptible to illness, particularly this time of year. But anyone including you, can have issues. Doctors say the holidays can weigh on almost anyone's heart.

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Sufficient sleep is increasingly being recognized as an essential aspect of chronic disease prevention, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). However, one in six Americans - roughly 40 million people - are living with a sleep disorder, which puts them at an elevated risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, obesity and decreased quality of life.   

Oklahoma Heart Institute, the state’s largest hospital dedicated exclusively to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, is expanding their sleep medicine service line to improve... Read More »

Judy Marshall is making a difference in her community as a result of surviving two heart attacks. When her heart took her off the road, Marshall decided to channel the energy she put forth into driving a truck across the country into her hometown one project at a time. Here is her Oklahoma Heart Institute story.



The news stories seem to be running together these days on the latest findings on the prevalence of diabetes in America. We have reported on the latest in diabetes management and how this growing epidemic will affect not only our country, but specifically our state in the very near term. We know that by 2050, 1 in 3 adults will have type 2 diabetes. We now know that proportion will be even higher in Oklahoma. The work of endocrinologists like Oklahoma Heart Institute’s Dr. Cristin Bruns is critical in treating patients today and preparing for patients of tomorrow. Worldwide, it is... Read More »


Atrial Fibrillation (AFib), the most common heart arrhythmia affecting up to 5 million Americans, is now linked to an increased risk for sudden cardiac death, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The association was studied in two population cohorts, finding the risk triples for those with incident AFib and doubles after the onset of AFib.  Researchers believe this study confirms AFib should no longer be viewed as “a benign condition.”   More than 15,000 adults ages 45 at 64 at the baseline participated in theAtherosclerosis Risk... Read More »

Smoking is the roulette of health gambles. Watching the wheel spin, the marble ball bounce over red, then black until finally stopping on the final number, you never know what you are going to get. You could smoke for a lifetime and escape lung and heart disease. You could be the casual smoker with a fist-sized tumor in your chest.  You could be the 2 packs-a-day smoker who finds out she has lung cancer right after the birth of her  first grandchild and dies three months later. For 55 year old Greg Goin, it wasn’t worth spinning the wheel and taking the chance anymore.

Born into a... Read More »