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Heart Care Patient Stories

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Shelia, cardiac patient

Shelia lost her father and brother to heart disease. Her younger brother is fighting heart disease now. At age 60, Shelia's family heart history came home to her. A cardiac catheterization discovered two of her arteries were almost completely blocked. Since then, she's fought a continual battle with heart disease...

Read more about how Shelia's cardiac care team keeps her living her best life.

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Jannie, heart attack survivor

Taking an art class her daughter teaches, the excitement of her son’s new house, spending time with her pride and joy, grandson Ian – Jannie almost missed these special times. The “gas pain” in her chest turned out to be something much worse…

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Greg, heart attack survivor

In the fall of 2016, Greg was juggling a job as an MRI technician at Johnston Memorial Hospital and transporting his three stepchildren to various sporting events, when he suffered his first heart attack…

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Linda, open heart surgery

Her doctors had been monitoring the blockage in her heart since she suffered a heart attack four years earlier at the at age of 44. Unlike her previous blockage, this one couldn’t be stented because of where it was located…

Read and watch the rest of Linda’s story here.

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Vic, open heart surgery

Vic was determined not to let a family history of diabetes and heart disease catch up with him. He stayed ahead of it by cycling and hiking in the woods, but a calcium screening of his heart revealed he had several blockages…

Read and watch the rest of Vic’s story here.

Tony Buchanan cardiac patient

Tony, open heart surgery

Police captain Tony Buchanan was a week away from undergoing physical training with the Erwin Police Department when he decided to have the CT calcium scan his wife, Lesa, an employee at Unicoi County Hospital, had been nagging him about. Tony’s score was 5,494. He didn’t think much about it until he learned that the higher the score, the greater his risk for a heart attack. Anything over 400 was considered bad news. Tony immediately booked an appointment with a cardiologist and was told that he had three clogged arteries. Luckily, they caught the blockages in time...

Read and watch the rest of Tony’s story here.